Personal possessions as cues for autobiographical remembering

A.F. Zijlema

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

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An encounter with personal possessions in everyday life, such as souvenirs, jewellery, or digital photos, may bring the past back to mind. Sometimes this is a brief and fleeting memory, other times it brings back vivid memories and emotional responses. Through three qualitative studies, this PhD research investigated personal possessions as cues: The responses personal possessions evoke (called cued responses), how the item-memories relationship evolves, and what characteristics of possessions facilitate cued remembering. An understanding of this process could facilitate the design of personal possessions or systems for cuing memories, for example in the field of human-computer interaction. The findings in this thesis showed the dynamic nature of the item-memories relationship, and the ways in which cuing can be facilitated or hampered.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Industrial Design
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Eggen, J.H. (Berry), Promotor
  • van den Hoven, Elise A.W.H., Promotor
Award date16 Oct 2018
Place of PublicationEindhoven
Print ISBNs978-90-386-4601-5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2018

Bibliographical note


Promotion : time and place

  • 11:00h, Auditorium, Senaatszaal


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