ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 4, Issue 2, 182-193, 2013
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Effect of Suppression, Reappraisal, and Acceptance of Emotional Pictures on Acoustic Eye-Blink Startle Magnitude

Anu Asnaani, Alice T. Sawyer, Idan M. Aderka, & Stefan G. Hofmann
Boston University, Boston, MA

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2013, Pages 182-193

To examine the effects of different emotion regulation strategies on acoustic eye-blink startle, 65 participants viewed positive, neutral, and negative pictures and were instructed to suppress, reappraise, or accept their emotional responses to these pictures using a within-group experimental design with separate blocks of pictures for each strategy. Instructions to suppress the emotional response led to an attenuation of the eye-blink startle magnitude, in comparison with instructions to reappraise or accept. Reappraisal and acceptance instructions did not differ from one another in their effect on startle. These results are discussed within the context of the existing empirical literature on emotion regulation.

Table of Contents
 Experimental Procedure
 Measuring Acoustic Eye-Blink Startle Magnitude
 Acoustic Eye-Blink Startle Magnitude
 Subjective Distress
 Manipulation Checks

Correspondence to
Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D., Boston University, 648 Beacon St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02215

emotion regulation, reappraisal, acceptance, suppression, eye-blink startle.

Received 28 Mar 2012; Revised 10 Aug 2012; Accepted 29 Oct 2012; In Press 12 May 2013

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