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Random sampling of thought and mood

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In two studies, subjects were interrupted at unpredictable times and asked to rate their immediate experience on 42 rating scales tapping thought and mood variables. In the first study, the interruptions were random signals in the subject's natural everyday environment; in the second study, the interruptions occurred while subjects watched the movie Annie Hall.Both sets of ratings were subjected to identical factor analyses, and factor structures were quite similar. Stable factors were identified as Aggressive/Bad Mood, Pleasant Sexual, Daydreaming/Past Sexual, Clear Thought, Self-Critical, and Thought or Mood Duration.

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Hurlburt, R.T., Lech, B.C. & Saltman, S. Random sampling of thought and mood. Cogn Ther Res 8, 263–275 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01172997

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