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Levendigheid van toekomstverbeelding : de relatie tussen episodische en semantische toekomstverbeelding en welbevinden

Poortman, Melissa (2015) Levendigheid van toekomstverbeelding : de relatie tussen episodische en semantische toekomstverbeelding en welbevinden.

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Abstract:Cognitive and neurological research has shown that imagination of the future works the same way as remembering the past. The future is an empty space with possibility’s and uses the past as a reference when creating the future in the mind. The memory has generally learned information as base and personal information to finish the imagination and make it more vivid, also known as semantic and episodic imagination. Letters are used to capture the imagination from the mind into words on paper for research. The purpose of the letters is to create a health promotion instrument. To ascertain if optimization by letters can occur, this research will search for a correlation between the liveliness of the letters and well-being. Well-being is divided in the subscales emotional, psychological and social well-being. This research used an existing dataset of 480 letters, of which 100 were used. The data is collected by snowball and convience sampling. The participants belonged to a healthy population, as far as known. The collected letters about the future were encoded on the base of a scoring procedure which, developed by Levine et al., originally was set up for encoding interviews about the past. Van Dalfsen operationalized this scoring procedure for the data of this study, the letters about the future. On the basis of Spearman’s Rho correlation, there were no significant correlations found between the subscales of the imagination of the future and well-being. Despite the not found significant correlations there were results that make further research interesting. Because well-being was asked after making the letter, there is a presumption that well-being has already been influenced. In addition, the letters show that they are more semantic and therefore contain more abstract writing, which leaves room for teaching how to write more episodic and therefore more personal.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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