Affective impact and electrocortical correlates of a psychotherapeutic microintervention: An ERP study of cognitive restructuring
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Objective: Psychotherapy for depression emphasizes techniques that can help individuals regulate their moods. The present study investigated the affective impact and electrocortical correlates of cognitive restructuring, delivered as a 90-minute psychotherapeutic microintervention in a dysphoric sample. Method: Participants (N = 92) who reported either low or high levels of dysphoric symptoms were randomly assigned to the restructuring microintervention, a control intervention or a no-intervention condition. We obtained recordings of event-related potentials (ERPs) as well as mood self-ratings during an experimental session immediately after the psychotherapeutic microintervention and the control intervention in which a set of negatively valenced pictures (IAPS) was presented with different instructions. Results: Whereas the restructuring intervention group and the control intervention group reported both increases in positive and decreases in negative affect from pre- to post-intervention, the three groups differed significantly on ERP measures. Conclusions: Findings provide support for current models of mechanisms of action in cognitive therapies. © 2013 © 2013 Society for Psychotherapy Research.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1080/10503307.2013.847986
Publication InfoZaunmüller, Luisa; Lutz, Wolfgang; & Strauman, Timothy J (2014). Affective impact and electrocortical correlates of a psychotherapeutic microintervention: An ERP study of cognitive restructuring. Psychotherapy Research, 24(5). pp. 550-564. 10.1080/10503307.2013.847986. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13843.
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Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor Strauman's research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological processes that enable self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and affect. Particular areas of emphasis include: (1) conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of brain/behavior motivational systems; (2) the role of self-regulatory cognitive processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; (3) the impact of tre