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dc.contributor.advisorWiner, Eric Samuel
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-18T22:21:54Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/16450
dc.description.abstractPrevious research suggests that some individuals have negative views about happiness and may actively avoid positivity due to associating it with previous negative experiences. The Approach-Avoidance Task (AAT) is a paradigm that examines approach and avoidance tendencies. However, the AAT has previously never been used to examine motivational tendencies in individuals who fear happiness. In this study, we used the AAT to examine if individuals who fear happiness respond aversively in the face of prospective positivity. Results revealed that the difference between the duration of pulling the joystick for both stimuli is negatively related to fear of happiness (FHS) such that individuals with higher FHS scores pulled the joystick for a shorter amount of time for positive stimuli than neutral. This suggests that individuals with a fear of happiness may exhibit aversive tendencies for positive information in comparison to neutral information, similar to that seen in depressed individuals.en_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectHappinessen_US
dc.subjectAvoidanceen_US
dc.subjectAATen_US
dc.subjectEmotionen_US
dc.titleIs endorsement of fear of happiness associated with behavioral aversion to reward?en_US
dc.typeGraduate Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.date.authorbirth1995-02-16
dc.subject.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.subject.majorPsychologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeAllen, Laura
dc.contributor.committeeArmstrong, Kevin J.
dc.date.defense2019-10-04
dc.rights.embargodescriptionVisible to MSU only for 3 Yearsen_US
dc.rights.embargotermsforeveren_US
dc.rights.embargoliftdate10000-01-01
dc.date.graduation2019-12-13


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