Cognitive Induction of Anger and Depression: The Role of Power, Attribution, and Gender

  • Thomas M. Carmony
  • Raymond DiGiuseppe


The causes of and contributors to negative emotions have been areas of interest in psychology for decades. Recent work has shown a variety of negative emotions, including anger and depression, to be related. The present study investigated the effects of power, attributional style, and gender on anger and depression using a series of narrative mood inductions presented to 120 undergraduates. Results indicated that participants in the external attribution and low power conditions demonstrated significantly higher levels of postinduction anger than those in other conditions. In addition, the influence of internal attributions on postinduction depression scores approached significance. The effectiveness of the study's mood induction methodology is discussed and suggestions are made for future research.

anger attribution depression power 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas M. Carmony
    • 1
  • Raymond DiGiuseppe
    • 1
  1. 1.St. John's UniversityUSA

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