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Can Contrast Effects Regulate Emotions? A Follow-Up Study of Vital Loss Decisions
Li, Qi1; Qi, Yue2,3; Liu, Xianyun4; Luo, Jing5,6; Li, Q (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2012-08-08
Source PublicationPLOS ONE
ISSN1932-6203
SubtypeArticle
Volume7Issue:8Pages:e42763
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AbstractAlthough many studies focus on the how contrast effects can impact cognitive evaluations, the question of whether emotions are regulated by such contrast effects is still the subject of considerable debate, especially in the study of loss-related decisions. To address this gap in the literature, we designed three decision making loss conditions: (i) both losses are trivial (TT), (ii) one loss is trivial and the other loss is vital (TV), or (iii) one loss is trivial and the other loss is routine (TR). In study 1, which compared the difference between the negative emotion ratings in TT and TV, we found that negative emotions were affected by the contrast effects. In study 2, which compared the difference between the importance of trivial options in TT and TV, we found that the contrast effects differentially changed the importance of trivial options in the two conditions, which in turn down-regulated negative emotions. In study 3, the impact of decision difficulty was controlled by predetermining the items to be lost. In this study, we found that, when comparing the differences between the negative emotions of losing trivial options in TV and TR, the contrast effects still modulated the loss-related emotions. We concluded that the contrast effects could down-regulate emotions. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that contrast effects can alleviate negative affect in loss-related decision making. This study will enrich and extend the literature on emotion regulation theory, and it will provide a new cost-effective mitigation strategy for regulating negative emotions.
Subject AreaEmotional Psychology
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Funding OrganizationYoung Scientists Fund of the Institute of Psychology [Y1CX242005] ; Talented Faculty Start-up funding, Tianjin Normal University [5RW092] ; National Basic Research Program of China [2010CB833904] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China [30970890, 30770708] ; National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China [2008AA022604, 2009BAI77B06] ; Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences [KSCX2-EW-J-8]
Project Intro.This research was supported by the Young Scientists Fund of the Institute of Psychology (Grant Y1CX242005), the Talented Faculty Start-up funding, Tianjin Normal University (Grant No. 5RW092), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant 2010CB833904), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 30970890 and 30770708), the National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China (Grants 2008AA022604 and 2009BAI77B06), and the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant KSCX2-EW-J-8). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Collection中国科学院心理健康重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorLi, Q (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Tianjin Normal Univ, Acad Psychol & Behav, Tianjin, Peoples R China
5.Capital Normal Univ, Beijing Key Lab Learning & Cognit, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
6.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Li, Qi,Qi, Yue,Liu, Xianyun,et al. Can Contrast Effects Regulate Emotions? A Follow-Up Study of Vital Loss Decisions[J]. PLOS ONE,2012,7(8):e42763.
APA Li, Qi,Qi, Yue,Liu, Xianyun,Luo, Jing,&Li, Q .(2012).Can Contrast Effects Regulate Emotions? A Follow-Up Study of Vital Loss Decisions.PLOS ONE,7(8),e42763.
MLA Li, Qi,et al."Can Contrast Effects Regulate Emotions? A Follow-Up Study of Vital Loss Decisions".PLOS ONE 7.8(2012):e42763.
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