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    The differential effect of instructions on dysphoric and nondysphoric persons

    Baruch, David E. and Kanter, Jonathan W. and Busch, Andrew M. and Richardson, Joseph V. and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot (2007) The differential effect of instructions on dysphoric and nondysphoric persons. The Psychological record, 57. pp. 543-554. ISSN 0033-2933

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    The experimenters investigated whether dysphoric and nondysphoric persons differentially exhibited the traditional instruction-induced schedule-insensitivity effect (rule-governed behavior). Dysphoric and nondysphoric participants were given instructions to perform a matching-to-sample task (four blocks, 40 trials each). The instructions in the first half of the study were correct and in the second half, incorrect. Participants were assigned to one of two instructional control conditions in which they read the instruction either privately (tracking condition) or out loud to the experimenter (pliance condition). Dysphoric individuals demonstrated greater schedule sensitivity (less rule-governed behavior) than did nondysphoric persons. No other differences were found. Results indicate that deficits in rule-governed behavior may contribute to depression; however, this experiment did not incorporate procedures to directly test the role of rule-governed experiential avoidance.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: differential effect; instructions; dysphoric; nondysphoric; persons;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14765
    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 15:56
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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