ISSN : 2733-4538
This study was designed to test a hypothesis derived from cognitive-behavioral theories of depression. It was predicted that compared to a sample with a low level depressive mood, high level subjects would overestimate the frequency of negative feedback received during the task. Two samples with depressive mood were assigned randomly to two different rates of negative feedback. The hypothesis was supported partly : The subjects with high depressive mood level recalled the frequency of negative feedback to be higher than the low level subjects. But, this difference was significant only at a low rate of negative feedback. The finding was discussed in terms of cognitive and behavioral theories of depression.