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Cognitive Flexibility as a Potential Mediator of Attentional Scope and Mood

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dc.contributor.advisor Compton, Rebecca J. (Rebecca Jean) Dennis, Amanda 2019-04-07T23:48:29Z 2019-04-07T23:48:29Z 2018
dc.description.abstract It has been well established that positive emotions can broaden awareness and help people to “see the big picture” (Frederickson, 2004). Recent findings (Gu et al., 2017) suggest that this is a bi-directional relationship, in that manipulating scope of attention can improve mood. This study aimed to confirm those findings, corroborate them with eye-tracking technology, and explore a potential mechanism for this relationship: cognitive flexibility. Participants were induced into a negative mood and randomly assigned to an attentional scope manipulation (either broadening or narrowing). After the manipulation, levels of cognitive flexibility and mood recovery were assessed. Contrary to expectations, the results of this study did not find a relationship between visual attentional scope and mood. Additionally, neither attentional scope nor mood was found to be related to levels of cognitive flexibility. Cognitive flexibility therefore cannot be considered to be a mediator of attentional scope and mood without further research into this subject.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Cognitive Flexibility as a Potential Mediator of Attentional Scope and Mood
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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