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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

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Overgeneral autobiographical memory (phenomenon, mechanisms, empirical research) 481

Pugovkina O.D.
PhD in Psychology, associate professor, department of clinical psychology and psychological counseling, Moscow research Institute of psychiatry – the branch of the «National Medical Research Centre of Psychiatry and Narcology named after V. P. Serbsky», Moscow, Russia

In the last several years the role of overgeneral autobiographical memory (OGM) has been widely discussed in scientific articles as a factor in the appearance and chronification of depressive disorders. The present article describes the phenomenon of OGM as the difficulty in remembering episodes of specific events. Areas of research of OGM are discussed: its modern conceptualization, psychological mechanisms, as well as the role of genetic and psychosocial factors in its development. Methodological issues and directions of further research are discussed.

Keywords: overgeneral, autobiographical memory, cognitive factors, depressive disorders, rumination

Column: Clinical psychology


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