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The causal effect of mental imagery on emotion assessed using picture-word cues
Univ Oxford, Dept Psychiat, Oxford, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7319-3112
Univ Calif Davis, Dept Psychol, Davis, CA 95616 USA.
Univ E Anglia, Sch Med Hlth Policy & Practice, Norwich NR4 7TJ, Norfolk, England.
MRC Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, Emot Res Grp, Cambridge, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7304-2231
2008 (English)In: Emotion, ISSN 1528-3542, E-ISSN 1931-1516, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 395-409Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The hypothesis that mental imagery is more likely to elicit emotion than verbal processing of the same material was investigated in two studies. Participants saw a series of pictures, each accompanied by a word, designed to yield a negative or benign meaning when combined. Participants were either free to combine the picture and word as they wished (Experiment 1) or instructed to integrate them using either a descriptive sentence or a mental image (Experiment 2). Emotional response was consistently greater following imagery than after producing a sentence. Experiment 2 also demonstrated the causal effect of imagery on emotion and evaluative learning. Additional participants in Experiment 2 described aloud their images/sentences. Independent ratings of descriptions indicated that, as well as being more emotional, images differed from sentences elicited by identical cues by greater similarity to memories, and greater involvement of sensations and specific events. Results support the hypothesis that imagery evokes stronger affective responses than does verbal processing, perhaps because of sensitivity of emotional brain regions to imagery, the similarity of imagery to perception, and to autobiographical episodes.

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AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC , 2008. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 395-409
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mental imagery, emotion, anxiety, autobiographical memory, evaluative learning
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-405527DOI: 10.1037/1528-3542.8.3.395ISI: 000256512900009PubMedID: 18540755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-405527DiVA, id: diva2:1403606
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