- Female students, moderately happy, USA, 1978
- N = 81
- Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)
And projective technique: role playing
- Authors's Label
- Pleasant imagination
- Our Classification
- Related specification variables
- Experimental manipulation. Subjects were lead to believe they participated in an experiment to study the ability of people to vividly imagine "life events". They were asked to read a series of life events, to imagine the events happening to themselves and to describe their reactions to the events.
Half did so in a negative imagination condition and half in a positive condition.
1. Negative imagination: Ss were
required to imagine: (a) that they were severely burned,(b) that they were blind,(c)that they were invalid (d) that they suffered Hodgkin's
2. Positive imagination: Ss were required to imagine:(a)that they were winners of an all-expenses-paid tour,(b)that they were multimillionaires,(c) that they were well-paid private secretaries,(d) that they were winners of an all-expenses-paid vacation.
Observed Relation with Happiness
Experimental treatment was not followed by a significant change in happiness.
Pretreatment-happiness Mt'= 7.6
Posttreatment-happiness Mt'= 8.4
Pretreatment-happines Mt'= 7.8
Posttreatment-happines Mt'= 7.7