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Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 279–288 | Cite as

It’s All About Me: Self-Focused Attention and Depressed Mood

  • Denise M. Sloan
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Abstract

The present study examined self-focused attention in dysphoria under various mood conditions. Participants were randomly assigned to either a positive, negative, or neutral writing condition. Results indicated that dysphoric participants displayed significantly greater self-focused attention across all conditions relative to the non-dysphoric participants. Taken together, these findings indicate that heightened self-focused attention is a pervasive pattern in dysphoric persons that may contribute to maintenance of a dysphoric mood state.

Keywords

dysphoria self-focus attention written disclosure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphia

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