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- Measures work well

2 September, 2009


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Dr Hamid Taher Neshat Doost and colleagues from the University of Isfahan have completed gathering data on the project funded by the Foundation.

After carefully selecting appropriate words in Farsi, they have completed a number of well-designed studies of mood and autobiographical memory in Afghani adolescents bereaved by war.

The initial results show that the measures selected work well in translation. Bereaved children and adolescents showed less specific recall and more categorical, extended, general (categorical + extended) and no-memory recall on the autobiographical memory test.

There seems to be an interaction with self-rated mood. These findings are being pursued at present, but indicate clear effects of bereavement on memory processes.