Torkan, Hajar; Kalantari, Mehrdad; Neshatdoost, Hamid Taher; Maroufi, Mohsen; Talebi, Hooshang
July 2012
Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business;Jul2012, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p777
Academic Journal
Cognitive representations may be affected by mood status. The present study aimed to investigate vividness of imagery and tendency to using imagery (as visual representation) as correlates of the depressed mood and the rumination (as verbal representation) in patients with MDD. Participants were 41 outpatients with MDD and 56 normal people who completed a number of self-rated measures. Our findings showed depressed patients and normal individuals have significant differences in terms of rumination and vividness of visual imagery but not in terms of spontaneous use of imagery. There were statistically significant relationships amongst depressed mood and decreased mental health with increased rumination, between depressed mood and decreased vividness of visual imagery, and, between tendency to use imagery and vividness of visual imagery. Again, any significant correlation didn't find between depressed mood and tendency to use of imagery. The implications of these results for the management of depression in people with MDD are discussed.


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