-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to
recall an unpleasant experience as being less painful or annoying
if they believe it is over than if they expect it to occur again,
On the other hand, they remember fun activities as equally
enjoyable whether they think they'll do them again or not.
Bracing for the worst may help people reduce their discomfort if
they have a bad experience and allow them to be pleasantly
surprised if nothing bad happens, according to study co-authors
Jeff Galak of Carnegie Mellon University and Tom Meyvis of New York
The findings appear in the February issue of the
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
In a series of experiments, volunteers were exposed to
bothersome vacuum noise and made to do tedious computer tasks. The
participants recalled these events as being significantly more
irritating, boring or annoying if they were told the event would be
repeated again soon.
The researchers also found that women who had recently finished
menstruating or who were about to menstruate recalled their period
as significantly more painful than women who were in the middle of
This could be an adaptive reaction, said the researchers in a
news release from the American Psychological Association. People
may attempt to maintain their mental balance by using memory to
toughen themselves against future challenges.
Mental Health America explains how to
cope with everyday problems.
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