اختلال در نظم عاطفی در بی قراری: پشتیبانی از حساسیت بافت احساسات در پاسخ به نظرهای مبتنی بر عملکرد
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|32447||2009||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7115 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Volume 40, Issue 3, September 2009, Pages 443–454
The Emotion Context Insensitivity (ECI) hypothesis predicts that individuals experiencing a sad mood will show diminished reactivity to emotionally evocative stimuli and will not differentiate emotional responses across contexts. Previous work has primarily been limited to studying depressed individuals' emotional responses to film clips, images, and autobiographical memories. The current study builds upon this work by examining emotional reactivity of dysphoric (n = 47) and non-dysphoric (n = 54) individuals to positive and negative feedback about their performance on a task they were led to believe measured social intelligence. Overall, dysphoric individuals reported higher negative emotion and lower positive emotion than non-dysphoric individuals before, during, and after feedback. However, consistent with ECI, dysphoric individuals displayed attenuated emotional reactivity to negative feedback compared to controls. Further, dysphoric individuals' emotional response did not differ to positive and negative feedback, whereas the non-dysphoric group appropriately differentiated their emotional response across these contexts. Findings support the ECI hypothesis and broaden its scope to include emotional reactivity to self-relevant performance feedback.
Emotion dysregulation has been implicated in various forms of psychopathology such as substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, and externalizing disorders (e.g., Gross, 2007). Difficulty regulating emotions is also thought to play a key role in the maintenance and etiology of several mood disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder. Examples of emotional dysfunction in depression include persistent sad mood, anhedonia, increased crying, and blunted affect. As a result, depression is often conceptualized as a dysfunction of emotion regulation (e.g., Kring & Bachorowski, 1999). This has also led to a closer exploration of the interaction between emotions and mood disorders such as depression (e.g., Bylsma et al., 2007 and Kring and Bachorowski, 1999, for reviews). The terms emotion and mood, although often used interchangeably colloquially, have been precisely defined (Gross, 2007, Rottenberg and Gross, 2003 and Watson, 2000). Mood is commonly defined as a state that is slow moving, weakly linked to specific elicitors, and capable of lasting anywhere from hours to days. Generally, moods are less intense than emotions. Conversely, emotion describes responses that are more adaptive, briefer in duration, yet stronger, and occur in response to a meaningful stimulus. Emotions are generally displayed through subjective experience (e.g., excitement), physiological arousal (e.g., elevated heart rate), or behavior (e.g., running from a feared stimulus). Initially, the interaction between mood and emotion was characterized by the mood congruency hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, emotional reactions are strengthened (or potentiated) when mood state and emotional state are congruent and are weakened (or attenuated) when they are incongruent (Rosenberg, 1998). Following this conceptualization, a depressed individual would experience a diminished positive reaction to a pleasant stimulus (positive attenuation), while showing increased sadness in response to a sad or negative stimulus (negative potentiation). Support for mood congruency in depression has been limited, however, particularly for negative stimuli (Bylsma et al., 2007; Rottenberg, Gross, & Gotlib, 2005a). Rather than experiencing negative potentiation in response to negative stimuli, depressed individuals appear to experience the opposite—an attenuated response. Depressed individuals also report smaller changes in subjective sad emotion in response to a sad film (Rottenberg, Kasch, Gross, & Gotlib, 2002). Further, depressed criers showed smaller changes in emotional experience than non-depressed criers (Rottenberg, Gross, Wilhelm, Najmi, & Gotlib, 2002). Attenuated emotional responses among depressed individuals have also been observed in subjective response to visual images and participants' own thoughts (Rottenberg et al, 2005a). Although there are instances when depressed and non-depressed individuals respond similarly to evocative stimuli (e.g., emotional response to sad images, Dunn, Dalgleish, Lawrence, Cusack, & Ogilvie, 2004; ability to imagine negative future events, Holmes, Lang, Moulds, & Steele, 2008), a recent meta-analysis indicated that depressed individuals in general report a reduced emotional response to negative stimuli (Bylsma et al., 2007). Interestingly, depressed individuals also seem to have an attenuated emotional response to positive stimuli. For example, depressed individuals have reduced subjective emotional responding when viewing hedonically pleasant stimuli, such as food and erotic coeds (Sloan, Strauss, Quirk, & Sajatovik, 1997), amusing film stimuli (Rottenberg et al., 2005a and Rottenberg et al., 2002), and pleasant slide images (Dunn et al., 2004 and Sloan et al., 2001). Berenbaum & Oltmanns (1992) found that, in addition to pleasant films, depressed individuals displayed a diminished response to appetitive stimuli, such as sweetened drinks. Based on this literature, Bylsma et al. (2007) and Rottenberg et al. (2005a) have concluded that depression also attenuates emotional responding to positive experiences. Attenuated emotional reactivity appears to have consequences for how depressed individuals regulate their emotions across contexts. Kaviani et al. (2004) found that depressed patients displayed less change in affect from positive to negative film clips, and rated them more similarly than non-depressed controls. Additionally, although depressed individuals reacted with more happiness to normative stimuli than to idiographic stimuli, Rottenberg et al. (2005a) observed no differences in depressed individuals' self-report of sadness after viewing an acutely sad film of themselves compared to viewing a pleasant film of themselves. Depressed individuals also reported less happiness than non-depressed individuals across all valence contexts, suggesting their emotional responding was insensitive to context (Rottenberg et al., 2005a). Attenuated emotion reactivity across emotional contexts is now referred to as Emotion Context Insensitivity (ECI; Rottenberg & Gotlib, 2004; see Bylsma et al., 2007 for review). The current study was designed to examine whether the ECI hypothesis applies to a previously untested (but important) context: positive and negative performance feedback. Previous research testing the ECI hypothesis has used a number of different types of stimuli (e.g., slides, films, and drinks), but these require relatively minimal active participation, are not usually personally relevant, and may not reflect experiences in which an individual in a depressed mood receives feedback from others. Healthy and dysphoric people may encounter a number of evaluative situations, such as receiving negative feedback, being rejected by a friend or co-worker, or having an argument with a friend or family member. Each of these situations is personally relevant and requires the person to be actively involved in the situation—not just passively viewing stimuli. Rottenberg et al. (2005a) attempted to address this limitation by videotaping individuals while they discussed both their most happy and most sad life events. Although personally relevant, this type of stimuli lacked an evaluative feedback component. These life events were discussed using an interview that was approximately 15 min in duration. Probes were used during the interview to clarify the personal meaning this event had on the person as well as to clearly articulate the emotional state. Participants were instructed to make their descriptions of the event detailed enough so it would be obvious to an observer why this event was significant. These videos were then shown to participants and emotional reactivity was assessed. Results of this study partially supported ECI for sadness; however, no group differences were observed for happiness reactivity. This suggests that for personally relevant tasks, ECI may be particularly relevant for negative stimuli but perhaps not for positive stimuli. Further, although the stimuli were clearly personally relevant, participants still passively viewed the film clips, and the stimuli lacked an evaluative component, as participants were given no feedback regarding how well they were able to discuss these memories. To build on this work, the current study tested the ECI hypothesis using stimuli that were personally relevant, evaluative, and required active performance by the participant. Specifically, participants engaged in a social intelligence test and then received highly positive or highly negative feedback about their performance. Several theories of depression highlight the importance of disruptions in achievement and performance for precipitating and maintaining a depressive episode (e.g., Arieti and Bemporad, 1978, Beck, 1983 and Blatt, 1974). Further, Elliot, Sahakian, Herrod, & Robbins (1997) and Paykelt et al. (1997) found that when depressed individuals were given direct negative feedback, they demonstrated a significant decrease in performance as compared to non-psychiatric patients and schizophrenics. They suggest that this abnormal response to negative feedback could be related to an adverse emotional response (Elliot et al., 1997). Thus, responses to external feedback about performance may be an important mechanism in depression maintenance. Testing emotional reactivity to failure or success experiences may therefore be a powerful circumstance in which to test the ECI theory. Our hypotheses encompassed the two integral components of ECI—lack of reactivity and context insensitivity. First, with regard to reactivity, we hypothesized that highly positive or highly negative performance evaluations would not elicit an emotional reaction among dysphoric individuals, whereas non-dysphoric, healthy controls would react emotionally to the stimuli. Second, to test context insensitivity, we hypothesized that dysphoric individuals would display similar emotional responses to both types of feedback. Healthy controls, alternatively, would appropriately differentiate their emotional reactions across feedback conditions.