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Title: Memory and attentional biases associated with perfectionism: the impact of mood and threat responsiveness
Authors: Desnoyers, Amanda
Keywords: perfectionism;attention;memory;mood
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2013
Publisher: Laurentian University of Sudbury
Abstract: Research has argued that perfectionism, as well mood state, can serve to influence the type and amount of information that will be attended to and remembered in one’s surrounding environment. The purpose of the current study was to look at how mood and differing degrees of threat may influence the cognitive processes of individuals higher in perfectionism. Following completion of the perfectionism measures, 121 post-secondary students were exposed to a mood induction as well as a threat condition and then asked to complete three cognitive tasks – d2 test of attention, emotional Stroop, and a recognition task. Results indicated that perfectionism was associated with accuracy and reaction time and this impact differed based on mood and threat. Results also indicated individuals higher in perfectionism had a memory bias towards negative and perfectionistic content, reinforcing the idea that perfectionism has a distinctly cognitive component that impacts how an individual processes incoming information.
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Psychology / Psychologie - Master's theses

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