Date of Award
Kateri McRae, Ph.D.
Cognitive emotion regulation, Difficulty, Other, Self, Self-focused thought, Success
The present dissertation reports a set of three studies that sought to characterize the effects of self-focused cognition on emotion regulation, specifically, cognitive reappraisal. Across the three studies, I investigated the effects of self-distancing, disengagement of self-focused thought, and changing the content of self-focused thought on multiple measures of emotion regulation success and emotion regulation difficulty. Results broadly suggested that disengaging self-focused cognition provides distinct advantages for emotion regulation, which are independent of effects on emotional reactivity. Specifically, I observed that other-focused cognition resulted in equally successful, but less difficult emotion regulation, the ability to more quickly disengage from self-focused thought was associated with greater emotion regulation success, and a greater tendency towards engaging in self-focused thought was associated with increased emotion regulation difficulty. I discuss the possible mechanisms explaining these effects, their specific implications for the study of emotion regulation, as well as their broader implications for the study of self-regulation.
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Draghici, Ana Maria, "The Role of Self-Focused Cognition in Emotion Regulation" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1190.
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Ana Maria Draghici
Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology