This research was supported by a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF 100011-108144/1) awarded to the second author. We thank Sofia Alonso for her help as hired experimenter and Kerstin Brinkmann, Joana De Burgo, and Michael Richter for comments on a previous version of this article.
Mood effects on autonomic activity in mood regulation
Version of Record online: 26 MAY 2007
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 650–659, July 2007
How to Cite
Silvestrini, N. and Gendolla, G. H. E. (2007), Mood effects on autonomic activity in mood regulation. Psychophysiology, 44: 650–659. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2007.00532.x
- Issue online: 26 MAY 2007
- Version of Record online: 26 MAY 2007
- (Received January 18, 2007; Accepted March 22, 2007)
- Mood regulation;
- Cardiovascular reactivity;
- Electrodermal reactivity;
- Facial electromyogram
University students (N=43) watched film clips to manipulate negative, neutral, or positive mood states and then performed a mood regulation task with the goal of experiencing positive affect. Autonomic reactivity was assessed during habituation, mood inductions, and mood regulation. According to the mood-behavior model (G.H.E. Gendolla, 2000) and studies on self-regulation, we predicted stronger cardiovascular and electrodermal reactivity in a negative mood than in both positive and neutral moods in the context of mood regulation but not during the mood inductions. Results were as expected. Furthermore, the Zygomaticus Major muscle reacted more strongly in the positive than in the neutral and negative mood conditions during the mood inductions. The findings are interpreted as demonstrating mood effects on resource mobilization during an effortful mood regulation performance.