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Hoffman Publishes Paper on Accessing Happy Memories

Dr. Edward HoffmanDr. Edward Hoffman, adjunct associate clinical professor in the department of psychology at Yeshiva College, co-authored a paper in the Indian Journal of Positive Psychology this September titled “Emotion regulation among young Indian women: The role of accessing happy memories.”

Dr. Hoffman and his co-authors (Dr. Garima Srivastava, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi; Dr. Fernando Ortiz, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington; and Dr. Maria Paula Fonseca, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland) wanted to explore emotion regulation in the Indian population, a subject that has seen scant research. They surveyed 150 women at a university in Delhi about how frequently they deliberately recalled a happy memory as a strategy to influence mood.

In addition to frequency, the researchers wanted to investigate when the women were most likely to initiate this strategy, the extent of their social engagement while doing so and the particular memory that they recalled and whether, all things considered, the strategy improved their mood and reduced stress.

They concluded that more frequently accessing a happy memory related to more mood uplift and stress reduction, but they also concluded that because of their exclusively female and limited sample size, the applicability of their finds was limited, though it did suggest interesting avenues for further research in the Indian population as a whole.