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The effect of self-esteem on the maintenance of negative mood
maintenance of negative mood
Negative mood is associated with negative attentional bias. Reacent research suggested that this attentional bias enhances the encoding of negative information, so negative mood is maintained. Furthermore, people who have high self-esteem may have high motivation to recover from negative mood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of self-esteem on the maintenance of negative mood that induces by the mood induction method. Participants were thirty undergraduate students, who were divided into two group (high self-esteem/low self-esteem). They were induced into a negative mood and engaged in the dot-probe task and the memory tasuk. Results of analyses on the dot-probe task revealed that participants showed negative attentional bias regardless of self-esteem. And results of analysis on the memory task and mood evaluation showed that participants manitained negative mood regardless of self-esteem. In all, these results suggest that negative mood is maintained regardless of self-esteem.