Mood induction in a clinically depressed population

Linda D. Nelson, Stephen L. Stern

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Mood induction paradigms have become particularly useful in isolating and examining the relationship between mood and cognition relative to depressive vulnerability. The relationship between these two variables was examined using a 2 × 4 design (Diagnostic Group × Condition) whereby subjects classified as depressed (N=72) and nondepressed (N=61) were assigned to one of four conditions. It was shown that the cognitions of clinically depressed individuals were more dysfunctional than those of nondepressed subjects and that they can undergo temporary states of elation in the absence of any significant change in depressive cognition. How these results relate to cognitive theories of emotion is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • cognition
  • depression
  • induction
  • mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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