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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 876; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090876

Personal Memories and Imagery. A Study of Autobiographical Memory through Drawing

Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicate, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Via Giuseppe Mazzini 5, 21100 Varese VA, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
Published: 9 November 2017
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Abstract

The present study investigates autobiographical memory through the use of imagery and a short narrative. A sample of 72 young adults, residing in Italy, were asked to draw a meaningful memory (and to choose a title for it) about their infancy, childhood, pre-adolescence and adolescence. Through the use of special markers, a qualitative-quantitative analysis of the drawings was carried out. The results made it possible to highlight the different elements that gave shape to the Self in a particular period, leaving traces in memory: specific social references, emotions and moods, places, actions, achievements and personal objects.
Keywords: autobiographical memory; imagery; drawing; emotions; Self; identity; developmental psychology; life-span psychology autobiographical memory; imagery; drawing; emotions; Self; identity; developmental psychology; life-span psychology
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Bozzato, P. Personal Memories and Imagery. A Study of Autobiographical Memory through Drawing. Proceedings 2017, 1, 876.

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