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The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts
Psychology Faculty Publications
  • Akihiko Masuda, Georgia State University
  • M. P. Twohig
  • A. R. Stormo
  • A B. Feinstein
  • Y. Chou
  • J. W. Wendell
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
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Abstract
Previous research has shown that rapid vocal repetition of a one-word version of negative self-referential thought reduces the stimulus functions (e.g., emotional discomfort and believability) associated with that thought. The present study compares the effects of that defusion strategy with thought distraction and distraction-based experimental control tasks on a negative self-referential thought. Non-clinical undergraduates were randomly assigned to one of three protocols. The cognitive defusion condition reduced the emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts significantly greater than comparison conditions. Favorable results were also found for the defusion technique with participants with elevated depressive symptoms.
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“NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in . Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

Masuda, A., Twohig, M. P., Stormo, A. R., Feinstein, A. B., Chou, Y., & Wendell, J. W. (2010). The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 11-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2009.08.006

Citation Information
Akihiko Masuda, M. P. Twohig, A. R. Stormo, A B. Feinstein, et al.. "The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael-twohig/253/