Publication Title: 
Psychology and Aging

Previous studies have shown that some predictors of self-rated health (SRH) become more important with age, while others become less important. Although based on cross-sectional data, these findings are often interpreted as age-related changes in evaluation criteria. However, results could be due to cohort effects as well. We attempted to disentangle age and cohort effects by combining and comparing cross-sectional and longitudinal data from a large-scale longitudinal survey.

Spuling, Svenja M.
Wurm, Susanne
Tesch-Rˆmer, Clemens
Huxhold, Oliver
Publication Title: 
Journal of Adolescence

This study tested the mediating roles of cognitive reappraisal and attentional preferences in the relationship between hope and psychosocial well-being among 712 adolescents. Results of the structural equation modeling revealed that the beneficial relation of hope to subjective happiness, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and interpersonal difficulties was partially mediated by attention to positive information but not cognitive reappraisal.

Yeung, Dannii Y.
Ho, Samuel M. Y.
Mak, Christine W. Y.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Many variants that could be returned from genome sequencing may be perceived as ambiguous-lacking reliability, credibility, or adequacy. Little is known about how perceived ambiguity influences thoughts about sequencing results. Participants (n†=†494) in an NIH genome sequencing study completed a baseline survey before sequencing results were available. We examined how perceived ambiguity regarding sequencing results and individual differences in medical ambiguity aversion and tolerance for uncertainty were associated with cognitions and intentions concerning sequencing results.

Taber, Jennifer M.
Klein, William M. P.
Ferrer, Rebecca A.
Han, Paul K. J.
Lewis, Katie L.
Biesecker, Leslie G.
Biesecker, Barbara B.
Publication Title: 
Behavior Therapy

Overestimating the occurrence of threatening events has been highlighted as a central cognitive factor in the maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The present study examined the different facets of this cognitive bias, its underlying mechanisms, and its specificity to OCD. For this purpose, threat estimation, probabilistic classification learning (PCL) and psychopathological measures were assessed in 23 participants with OCD, 30 participants with social phobia, and 31 healthy controls.

Zetsche, Ulrike
Rief, Winfried
Exner, Cornelia
Publication Title: 
Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Previous findings indirectly suggest that the more people perceive their time in life as limited, the more they value calm. No study, however, has directly tested this hypothesis. To this end, using a combination of survey, experience sampling, and experimental methods, we examined the relationship between future time perspective and the affective states that people ideally want to feel (i.e., their "ideal affect"). In Study 1, the more people reported a limited time perspective, the more they wanted to feel calm and experience other low-arousal positive states.

Jiang, Da
Fung, Helene H.
Sims, Tamara
Tsai, Jeanne L.
Zhang, Fan
Publication Title: 
Psychiatry Research

Positive affect and optimism play an important role in healthy ageing and are associated with improved physical and cognitive health outcomes. This study investigated whether it is possible to boost positive affect and associated positive biases in this age group using cognitive training. The effect of computerised imagery-based cognitive bias modification on positive affect, vividness of positive prospective imagery and interpretation biases in older adults was measured. 77 older adults received 4 weeks (12 sessions) of imagery cognitive bias modification or a control condition.

Murphy, Susannah E.
Clare O'Donoghue, M.
Drazich, Erin H. S.
Blackwell, Simon E.
Christina Nobre, Anna
Holmes, Emily A.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychophysiology: Official Journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology

Some personality traits have key importance for health because they can affect the maintenance and evolution of different disorders with a high prevalence in older people, including stress pathologies and diseases. In this study we investigated how two relevant personality traits, optimism and pessimism, affect the psychophysiological response of 72 healthy participants (55 to 76 years old) exposed to either a psychosocial stress task (Trier Social Stress Test, TSST) or a control task; salivary cortisol, heart rate (HR) and situational appraisal were measured.

Puig-Perez, Sara
Villada, Carolina
Pulopulos, Matias M.
Almela, Mercedes
Hidalgo, Vanesa
Salvador, Alicia
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pediatric Psychology

OBJECTIVE: Examined how individual differences in disposition among pediatric cancer patients predict their later psychosocial functioning. METHODS: Patients aged 8-17 years (N?=?223) reported on their disposition at baseline. One and three years later, self-reports and parent reports of patient psychosocial functioning were obtained. Latent profile analysis was used to identify subgroups that differed on baseline disposition and to compare them on later outcomes.

Okado, Yuko
Howard Sharp, Katianne M.
Tillery, Rachel
Long, Alanna M.
Phipps, Sean
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research

OBJECTIVE: Sleep and optimism are important psycho-biological and personality constructs, respectively. However, very little work has examined the causal relationship between them, and none has examined the potential mechanisms operating in the relationship. This study aimed to understand whether sleep quality was a cause or an effect of optimism, and whether depressive mood could explain the relationship.

Lau, Esther Yuet Ying
Harry Hui, C.
Cheung, Shu-Fai
Lam, Jasmine
Publication Title: 
BMC psychiatry

BACKGROUND: Mental imagery may influence the onset and maintenance of depression, but specific mechanisms have not yet been determined. METHODS: Nine hundred twelve participants completed questionnaires on positive and negative mental images, as well as images of injury and death that lead to positive emotions ("ID-images"), and depressive symptomatology. The assessment was carried out online to reduce effects of social desirability. RESULTS: Positive images were reported by 87†% of the sample, negative images by 77†%. ID-images were present in one-third of the sample.

Wefllau, Charlotte
Cloos, Marie
Hˆfling, Volkmar
Steil, Regina


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