ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 4, 639-649, 2012
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"I don't need your help!" Mood-dependent advice-taking in hypomania-prone individuals

Miriam Wade (a), Lucy Wigg (b), Warren Mansell (a)
(a) School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
(b) Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2012, Pages 639-649

It has been suggested that mood-dependent social regulation maintains problematic mood states in people vulnerable to bipolar disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether a non-clinical sample with a high vulnerability to hypomania (high HYP) followed less advice in a goal-directed task than low HYP participants following a positive versus negative mood induction using music. Students (n = 48) were provided with audio 'advice' given in an encouraging, neutral or critical tone of voice during a synonym-matching task. Although the high HYP participants followed more advice overall than the low HYP participants, their pattern of advice-taking showed a bias for ignoring advice more often in the positive mood condition and following advice more often in the negative mood condition. A post hoc analysis further revealed that the high HYP group tended to follow advice given in a critical tone more often when experiencing a negative mood than the low HYP group did. The findings are consistent with other findings of mood-dependent advice-taking in individuals vulnerable to bipolar symptoms.

Table of Contents
    Self-report measures.
  Musical mood induction
  Experimental task
  Mood manipulation checks
  Mood dependent advice taking

Correspondence to
Dr Warren Mansell, School of Psychological Sciences, Coupland I, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL UK.

bipolar, hypomania, advice-taking, mood-induction

Received 6 May 2011; Revised 15 Jun 2012; Accepted 15 Jun 2012; In Press 23 Sep 2012

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