The Effects of a Positive or Negative News Story on Mood

Cunningham, Taylor and Juenheimer, Alexis and Feulling, Karli and Gauley, Krystal and Gorman, Jamie (2013) The Effects of a Positive or Negative News Story on Mood. [Abstract]

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In response to the negativity of environmental mass media news stories, our experiment tested the effects of either a written positive or negative environmental news story had on mood of college students. As we hypothesized, participants who read the positive news story reported a more positive and less negative mood as evaluated by the PANAS scale. As we are being increasingly inundated by mass media our findings have important implications on how environmental events affect the mood of the general population. Our study also suggests the importance of the news media to implement more positivity through their news stories.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: mass media, college students, PANAS scale, Attention, mood, emotions, environmental news stories, positive and negative reactions
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 13:24
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 13:24

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