Correlational findings

Study Wessman & Ricks (1966): study US 1957

Female college students, Radcliff USA, followed 6 weeks, 1957
N = 21
Non Response:
Mood diary kept 30 days.


Authors's label
Thought processes
Our Classification
Repeated closed question on 'how readi- ly your ideas came and how valuable they seemed', rated on a 10-point scale:

10. I am a surging torrent of spectacu-
    lar insights.
9. Brilliant penetrating ideas emerg-
    ing spontaneously and with great
8. Ideas coming quickly and effort-
7. Clever and keen
6. Quite alert. Thoughts fairly quick
    and clear.
5. Not particularly alert. My ideas
    trivial and commonplace.
4. My mind feels ponderous and dull.
    My thoughts are slow and monoto-
3. My thoughts all seem weary, stale,
    flat and unprofitable.
2. My mind is stagnant. Almost nothing
    freshens it.
1. My mind is cold, dead. Nothing

Scale scored each night for the highest, lowest and average experience of the day.
(Wessman & Ricks Thought Processes Scale)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-ARE-md-sqr-v-10-b r = + p < .05 The means of the lowest, average and highest daily scores were correlated with the mean daily average score on the Elation-Depression Scale (AFF 3.1) during 6 weeks.

Daily highest   : r = +.57 (05)
Daily average   : r = +.82 (05)
Daily lowest    : r = +.74 (05)