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Visual Imagery Perspective and Negative Emotional Responses in Young People.

Williams, Alice. (2014) Visual Imagery Perspective and Negative Emotional Responses in Young People. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Viewing an upsetting mental image through our own eyes (first-person) or through the eyes of an observer (third-person) has previously been demonstrated to result in different emotional responses to the image. Different emotional outcomes may result from imagery as a consequence of visual perspective influencing whether the image is defined according to the abstract or concrete self (Libby & Eibach, 2011). The present research was interested in investigating this hypothesis to explore the impact of imagery perspective on emotional outcomes in young people. One hundred and fifty-six 16-18 year olds recalled a personal failure from either the first or third-person visual perspective in a between group experimental design. This study extends previous research by including self-views of selfcompassion, self-esteem and shame proneness. It was expected that these self-views would interact with the visual perspective to predict the level of state shame and negative affect experienced when recalling a failure image. Results revealed no such interaction effect, and emotional outcomes from imagery were dependent on individual’s self-views regardless of perspective used. This is inconsistent with previous accounts of the role of visual imagery perspective and may suggest the need for a developmental account of the role of visual imagery perspective in emotion.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Williams, Alice.
Date : 2014
Additional Information : Thesis (Psych.D.)--University of Surrey (United Kingdom), 2014.
Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 14 May 2020 15:43
Last Modified : 14 May 2020 15:47

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