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Cognitive Reactivity and Affect

dc.contributor.advisorCole, David
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Yinghao
dc.description.abstractCognitive Reactivity (CR), an established diathesis for depression, has been defined as the strength of association between displeasure and dysfunctional attitudes within person. However, displeasure could encompass a variety of distinct types of affect, among which only cognitive reactivity to sadness (CR-SAD) has been studied in prior research. In the current study, college student participants were recruited to validate a new daily diary measure of CR that includes dynamic assessments of CR-SAD, as well as Cognitive Reactivity to Negative Affect (CR-NA) and Cognitive Reactivity to Positive Affect (CR-PA). Three results emerged: (1) the daily diary measure of CR-SAD (CR-SAD-DD) converged with other measures of CR-SAD; (2) CR-SAD-DD was associated with depressive symptoms; (3) naturally occurring NA and PA were found to uniquely contribute to emergence of dysfunctional cognitions over and above sadness. The current study was the first to combine literature in CR and affective structures, and its findings may have profound implications in the diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychopathologies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectCognitive reactivityen_US
dc.subjectMood disorderen_US
dc.titleCognitive Reactivity and Affecten_US
dc.description.collegePeabody Collegeen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Psychology and Human Developmenten_US

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