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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
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Dwelling on a Successful Task: Does How or Why Influence Affect?

  Ida Flink - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),
  Sofia Bergbom - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),
  Marie Bergman - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),
  Karin Ekstrand - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),
  Johan Carstens-Söderstrand - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),
  Madelon Peters - Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maas
  Maria Tillfors - Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP),

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Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) has been identified as a key maintaining process of emotional difficulties. One core feature of RNT is an abstract and evaluative mode of processing. However, abstract processing has only been related to adverse outcomes during negative affect, and less is known about its impact during positive affect. The aim of this study was to explore the effects of abstract vs. concrete mode of processing on affect and RNT in the context of a positive mood induction. 62 participants with high levels of RNT were randomly assigned to abstract vs. concrete processing training prior to a positive mood induction. The results showed that positive affect increased whereas negative affect and RNT decreased after the positive mood induction in both groups. However, abstract vs. concrete processing did not have an effect on outcome. The findings indicate that processing mode does not influence outcome when combined with positive affect.

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Correspondence to
PhD Ida Flink

Processing mode, Repetitive negative thinking, Positive affect, Negative affect

Received 18 Mar 2015; Revised 31 Aug 2016; Accepted 31 Aug 2016; In Press 19 Feb 2017

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