Negative mood, self-focused attention, and the experience of physical symptoms: the joint impact hypothesis

Gendolla, Guido H. E.; Abele, Andrea E.; Andrei, Andrea; Spurk, Daniel; Richter, Michael (2005). Negative mood, self-focused attention, and the experience of physical symptoms: the joint impact hypothesis. Emotion, 5(2), pp. 131-144. American Psychological Association 10.1037/1528-3542.5.2.131

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A joint impact hypothesis on symptom experience is introduced that specifies the role of negative mood and self-focus, which have been considered independently in previous research. Accordingly, negative affect only promotes symptom experience when people simultaneously focus their attention on the self. One correlational study and 4 experiments supported this prediction: Only negative mood combined with self-focus facilitated the experience (see the self-reports in Studies 1, 2a, & 2b) and the accessibility (lexical decisions, Stroop task in Studies 3 & 4) of physical symptoms, whereas neither positive mood nor negative mood without self-focus did. Furthermore, the joint impact of negative mood and self-focused attention on momentary symptom experience remained significant after controlling for the influence of dispositional symptom reporting and neuroticism.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology
UniBE Contributor: Spurk, Daniel
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
ISSN: 1528-3542
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Language: English
Submitter: Daniel Michael Spurk
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 17:42
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 17:42
Publisher DOI: 10.1037/1528-3542.5.2.131
PubMed ID: 15982079
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.65858
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65858

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