ELIZABETH KENSINGER

Summary

Affiliation: Boston College
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc When side matters: hemispheric processing and the visual specificity of emotional memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 35:247-53. 2009
  2. doi request reprint Aging minds and twisting attitudes: an fMRI investigation of age differences in inhibiting prejudice
    Anne C Krendl
    Department of Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA
    Psychol Aging 24:530-41. 2009
  3. ncbi request reprint Reality monitoring and memory distortion: effects of negative, arousing content
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Mem Cognit 34:251-60. 2006
  4. ncbi request reprint Amygdala activity is associated with the successful encoding of item, but not source, information for positive and negative stimuli
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    J Neurosci 26:2564-70. 2006
  5. ncbi request reprint Emotional content and reality-monitoring ability: fMRI evidence for the influences of encoding processes
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 884, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 43:1429-43. 2005
  6. pmc Functional neuroimaging of self-referential encoding with age
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Neuropsychologia 48:211-9. 2010
  7. ncbi request reprint Retrieving accurate and distorted memories: neuroimaging evidence for effects of emotion
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, USA
    Neuroimage 27:167-77. 2005
  8. ncbi request reprint Prefrontal activity and diagnostic monitoring of memory retrieval: FMRI of the criterial recollection task
    David A Gallo
    Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 18:135-48. 2006
  9. doi request reprint Aging, self-referencing, and medial prefrontal cortex
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Soc Neurosci 2:117-33. 2007
  10. pmc Phenomenological characteristics of emotional memories in younger and older adults
    Katherine R Mickley
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Memory 17:528-43. 2009

Detail Information

Publications34

  1. pmc When side matters: hemispheric processing and the visual specificity of emotional memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 35:247-53. 2009
    ....
  2. doi request reprint Aging minds and twisting attitudes: an fMRI investigation of age differences in inhibiting prejudice
    Anne C Krendl
    Department of Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA
    Psychol Aging 24:530-41. 2009
    ....
  3. ncbi request reprint Reality monitoring and memory distortion: effects of negative, arousing content
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Mem Cognit 34:251-60. 2006
    ..Thus, negative arousal can enhance not only the subjective vividness of a memory, but also a memory's accuracy...
  4. ncbi request reprint Amygdala activity is associated with the successful encoding of item, but not source, information for positive and negative stimuli
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    J Neurosci 26:2564-70. 2006
    ..e., activity in the hippocampus proper leading to later memory for context, and activity in the entorhinal cortex leading to later memory for an item but not its context) also hold for emotional information...
  5. ncbi request reprint Emotional content and reality-monitoring ability: fMRI evidence for the influences of encoding processes
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 884, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Neuropsychologia 43:1429-43. 2005
    ....
  6. pmc Functional neuroimaging of self-referential encoding with age
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Neuropsychologia 48:211-9. 2010
    ..We suggest that older adults may encode information about the self in a more normative manner, whereas young adults focus on encoding the unique aspects of the self and distinguishing the self from others...
  7. ncbi request reprint Retrieving accurate and distorted memories: neuroimaging evidence for effects of emotion
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, USA
    Neuroimage 27:167-77. 2005
    ..To our knowledge, this study is the first to demonstrate a link between limbic engagement at retrieval and accurate memory attribution...
  8. ncbi request reprint Prefrontal activity and diagnostic monitoring of memory retrieval: FMRI of the criterial recollection task
    David A Gallo
    Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 18:135-48. 2006
    ..These findings indicate that reducing false recognition via the distinctiveness heuristic is not heavily dependent on frontally mediated postretrieval monitoring processes...
  9. doi request reprint Aging, self-referencing, and medial prefrontal cortex
    Angela H Gutchess
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Soc Neurosci 2:117-33. 2007
    ..Elderly (but not young) showed increased activity in the dorsal prefrontal cortex for positive relative to negative items, which could reflect an increase in controlled processing of positive information for elderly adults...
  10. pmc Phenomenological characteristics of emotional memories in younger and older adults
    Katherine R Mickley
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Memory 17:528-43. 2009
    ..These findings suggest that valence most readily affects the qualities of young and older adults' emotional memories when those memories are low in arousal...
  11. doi request reprint Effects of emotional valence and arousal upon memory trade-offs with aging
    Jill D Waring
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 24:412-22. 2009
    ..These results emphasize that attention and consolidation stage processes interact to shape how emotional memory is constructed in young and older adults...
  12. pmc The effect of arousal on the emotional memory network depends on valence
    Katherine R Mickley Steinmetz
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Neuroimage 53:318-24. 2010
    ..These findings emphasize that the effect of arousal on the connectivity within the emotional memory network depends on item valence...
  13. pmc The effects of valence and arousal on the neural activity leading to subsequent memory
    Katherine R Mickley Steinmetz
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychophysiology 46:1190-9. 2009
    ..These results suggest that the types of encoding processes relating to memory (e.g., sensory vs. elaborative processing) can differ based on the affective qualities of emotional information...
  14. pmc Self-involvement modulates the effective connectivity of the autobiographical memory network
    Keely A Muscatell
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Boston, MA 02467, USA
    Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 5:68-76. 2010
    ..This result is discussed in terms of two memory systems (one that is hippocampal-based and one that is amygdala-hippocampal-based) that may be involved to varying degrees depending upon the characteristics of a remembered event...
  15. doi request reprint The effect of valence on young and older adults' attention in a rapid serial visual presentation task
    Katherine R Mickley Steinmetz
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, McGuinn Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 25:239-45. 2010
    ..Despite evidence that older adults can sometimes show a "positivity effect" in memory, we found no evidence of increased attention toward positive words for older adults...
  16. pmc Context is routinely encoded during emotion perception
    Lisa Feldman Barrett
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Sci 21:595-9. 2010
    ..Our findings are consistent with an emerging literature showing that facial muscle actions (i.e., structural features of the face), when viewed in isolation, might be insufficient for perceiving emotion...
  17. doi request reprint The effect of regulation goals on emotional event-specific knowledge
    Alisha C Holland
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Memory 18:504-21. 2010
    ..Using a false memory list-learning paradigm, Experiment 2 ruled out an alternative interpretation of the findings and confirmed that individuals can bias their memory in accord with regulation goals...
  18. ncbi request reprint Age-related differences in medial prefrontal activation in response to emotional images
    Christina M Leclerc
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 8:153-64. 2008
    ..Therefore, the present results suggest that age-related changes in these processes implemented by the VMPFC contribute to older adults' "positivity effect."..
  19. ncbi request reprint Emotional valence influences the neural correlates associated with remembering and knowing
    Katherine R Mickley
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 8:143-52. 2008
    ....
  20. doi request reprint Effects of age on detection of emotional information
    Christina M Leclerc
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 23:209-15. 2008
    ..Together, these findings suggest that older adults do not display valence-based effects on affective processing at relatively automatic stages...
  21. ncbi request reprint Processing emotional pictures and words: effects of valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 6:110-26. 2006
    ....
  22. ncbi request reprint When the Red Sox shocked the Yankees: comparing negative and positive memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychon Bull Rev 13:757-63. 2006
    ..Moreover, it appears that, in comparison with negative valence, positive valence sometimes can be associated with decreased memory consistency and increased memory overconfidence...
  23. ncbi request reprint Remembering the specific visual details of presented objects: neuroimaging evidence for effects of emotion
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
    Neuropsychologia 45:2951-62. 2007
    ..Rather, limbic engagement appears to relate specifically to the successful recognition of information...
  24. ncbi request reprint Effects of emotion on memory specificity in young and older adults
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    McGuinn Hall, Room 510, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 62:P208-15. 2007
    ..Negative (not positive) content enhanced the visual specificity of memory in both ages, but positive content conferred a general memory advantage only for older adults...
  25. pmc The neural correlates of conceptual and perceptual false recognition
    Rachel J Garoff-Eaton
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Learn Mem 14:684-92. 2007
    ....
  26. ncbi request reprint How negative emotion enhances the visual specificity of a memory
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Boston College, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 19:1872-87. 2007
    ..These data provide strong evidence that engagement of some amygdalar regions can correspond with enhanced memory for certain types of details, but does not ensure successful encoding of all contextual details...
  27. doi request reprint The effects of emotional content on reality-monitoring performance in young and older adults
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Boston College, Department of Psychology, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 22:752-64. 2007
    ..e., an enhanced ability to remember that a positive item was studied), they do not always show enhanced memory for source-specifying details of a positive item's presentation...
  28. doi request reprint Effects of aging and encoding instructions on emotion-induced memory trade-offs
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    Psychol Aging 22:781-95. 2007
    ..These results suggest that aging impairs the ability to flexibly disengage attention from the negative arousing elements of scenes, preventing the successful encoding of nonemotional aspects of the environment...
  29. doi request reprint Neural processes supporting young and older adults' emotional memories
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 20:1161-73. 2008
    ....
  30. ncbi request reprint Age differences in memory for arousing and nonarousing emotional words
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 63:P13-8. 2008
    ..These findings suggest that aging preserves responses to arousing information while altering the processing of nonarousing information...
  31. doi request reprint Sleep preferentially enhances memory for emotional components of scenes
    Jessica D Payne
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Psychol Sci 19:781-8. 2008
    ..Memory for a negative scene develops differentially across time delays containing sleep and wake, with sleep selectively consolidating those aspects of memory that are of greatest value to the organism...
  32. doi request reprint How emotion affects older adults' memories for event details
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
    Memory 17:208-19. 2009
    ..It may be that memory for affective context, or for emotional events, relies on cognitive and neural processes that are relatively preserved in older adults...
  33. ncbi request reprint Neural processes underlying memory attribution on a reality-monitoring task
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Cereb Cortex 16:1126-33. 2006
    ..g. perceptual detail, information about cognitive operations) to determine whether an item was imagined or perceived...
  34. ncbi request reprint Remembering emotional experiences: the contribution of valence and arousal
    Elizabeth A Kensinger
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Athinoula A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Rev Neurosci 15:241-51. 2004
    ..The amygdala likely plays a specific role in modulating memory for arousing experiences, whereas non-amygdalar networks may be instrumental in enhancing memory for non-arousing positive or negative events...

Research Grants3

  1. How Emotion Affects Memory for Detail: Behavioral and Neuroimaging Investigations
    ELIZABETH KENSINGER; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..This knowledge is likely to provide insight into the memory disorders and biases observed in affective disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ..
  2. How Emotion Affects Memory for Detail: Behavioral and Neuroimaging Investigations
    ELIZABETH ANN KENSINGER; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..This knowledge is likely to provide insight into the memory disorders and biases observed in affective disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ..