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Is The Consideration Of Better And Worse Alternatives To Reality Advantageous To Mood After A Positive Outcome?, Rebecca Zuchetti, Amy Y.C. Chan Jan 2009

Is The Consideration Of Better And Worse Alternatives To Reality Advantageous To Mood After A Positive Outcome?, Rebecca Zuchetti, Amy Y.C. Chan

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Counterfactual thinking involves reflecting on how a given outcome may have been different. Such thoughts are centred on how the outcome could have been better (upward counterfactuals) or worse (downward counterfactuals), with most previous research focusing on a specified direction of these thoughts in response to a negative outcome. The current research explored how considering either one or both directions of counterfactuals after a positive outcome in an anagram task may be related to changes in affect and subsequent task performance. Undergraduate psychology students (N = 86) either imagined only better or worse counterfactual alternatives in response to their anagram task ...