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Volume 37 Issue 4 (November 1998), Pages 371-473

Reality negotiation in non‐depressed and depressed persons (pages 381-383)

Objectives. Non‐depressed and depressed persons were hypothesized to input and recall self‐referential information that was consistent with their self theories.

Design. Non‐depressed and depressed persons were compared.

Methods. Non‐depressed (14) and depressed (14) students chose between positive or negative audio statements, and then recalled the statements.

Results. Non‐depressed relative to depressed participants: (i) listened more to the positive than the negative tapes; and (ii) fabricated (i.e. incorrectly recalled) less negative messages.

Conclusion. Partial support is given to reality negotiation processes.

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