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Overview of Selected Theoretical Work: personality as a scientific discipline • the Systems Framework for personality • personal intelligence • emotional intelligence •ethical commentary on the personality of public figures
Experimental ProceduresInductions for Four Moods: A Mood-Induction Procedure Using Guided Imagery with Music
The Context for the Induction
Experimental work in mood and personality sometimes is assisted by being able to alter a person's mood in a short-term fashion.
Ethical approval is required in advance by research institutions (and this technique should not be used outside of such contexts).
The Strength of the Induction
The technique is comparable to watching a television or movie drama with music. The Guided Imagery with Music Procedure, used in cooperation with the research participant, can alter moods for a few minutes.
Copies of the Induction
The Induction involves presenting a series of guided-imagery vignettes to research participants to imagine, while they listen to mood-relevant music. Four parallel procedures exist for happiness, anger, fear, and sadness. The full procedure is reported in this article:
Mayer, J. D., Allen, J., & Beauregard, K. (1995). Mood inductions for four specific moods: procedure employing guided imagery vignettes with music. Journal of Mental Imagery, 19, 133-150
The vignettes themselves can be found here (Table 1 of the above article). The mood scale for assessing the four moods is here, or in this MS Word version, and finally, if helpful, researchers can e-mail the lab for mp3's of the muscial recording(s) you need.
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