Zorana Ivcevic

Zorana Ivcevic, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Tufts University

Contact Information:

490 Boston Avenue
Department of Psychology
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Telephone: (603) 866-9878

E-mail : zorana.ivcevic@tufts.edu

Self-esteem memories across cultures

Ivcevic, Z., Pillemer, D. B., Wang, Q., Yubo H., Huizhen T., Mohoric, T., & Taksic, V. (under review).  Self-esteem memories across cultures.   Memory.

Young adults in the United States, Croatia, and China described personal episodes of times when they felt especially good or bad about themselves. These self-esteem memories were either recent (episodes that occurred during the previous 4 weeks) or remote (episodes that occurred between the ages of 10 and 15). Systematic content differences between memories of positive and negative self-worth were apparent primarily for remote rather than for recent memories. Across cultures, long-lasting positive memories frequently represented achievement themes, whereas negative memories frequently represented social themes. Links between achievement success and positive self-regard, and between social distress and negative self-regard, are explained using theories of self-esteem and autobiographical memory.