Regulating Negative Emotion by Ending Emotion-Eliciting Situations.
Abstract: The aims of the present research are: to assess the frequency and context of use of situation-targeted emotion regulation (ER) strategies; and to examine the use of compensatory ER strategies in light of ER failure. In two studies, participants viewed negative and neutral pictures and pressed a key whenever they wished to stop viewing them, thus engaging in situation-targeted ER. The key ... read morepress was successful only on some trials. In Study 1, people often used situation-targeted ER on high-arousal negative and low-arousal neutral pictures because they were upset or bored, respectively. In Study 2, negative emotion increased in light of ER failure (as reflected in heart rate deceleration); people also reported ER compensation via distraction. This work provides an experimental test of the Selection, Optimization, and Compensation with Emotion Regulation (SOC-ER) framework and contributes a novel laboratory task to assess the use of situation-targeted ER.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Psychology.
Advisor: Heather Urry.
Committee: Holly Taylor, and Richard Lerner.
Keyword: Psychology.read less