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Brightening the Day With Flashes of Positive Mental Imagery: A Case Study of an Individual With Depression
Ruhr Univ Bochum, Bochum, Germany;MRC, Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, Cambridge, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3313-7084
Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden;MRC, Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, Cambridge, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7319-3112
2017 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Psychology, ISSN 0021-9762, E-ISSN 1097-4679, Vol. 73, no 5, p. 579-589Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article presents a case example of an individual with current major depression engaging in a positive mental imagery intervention, specifically a computerized cognitive training paradigm involving repeated practice in generating positive imagery in response to ambiguous scenarios. The patient's reported experience of the intervention suggests the potential of the positive imagery intervention to "brighten" everyday life via promoting involuntary "flashes" of positive mental imagery in situations related to the scenarios, with associated beneficial effects on positive affect, future expectations, and behavior. Enhancing this aspect of the training-i.e., involuntary positive imagery in contexts where it is adaptive-may hold particular promise for reducing anhedonic symptoms of depression. Developing simple computerized interventions to increase the experience of positive mental imagery in everyday life could therefore provide a useful addition to the drive to improve treatment outcomes. (C) 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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WILEY , 2017. Vol. 73, no 5, p. 579-589
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mental imagery, depression, anhedonia, involuntary memories, cognitive bias modification
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-404771DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22455ISI: 000400567500008PubMedID: 28152198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-404771DiVA, id: diva2:1396409
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