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J Clin Psychol. 2017 May;73(5):579-589. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22455. Epub 2017 Feb 2.

Brightening the Day With Flashes of Positive Mental Imagery: A Case Study of an Individual With Depression.

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1
Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
2
Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.
3
Karolinska Institutet.

Abstract

This article presents a case example of an individual with current major depression engaging in a positive mental imagery intervention, specifically a computerized cognitive training paradigm involving repeated practice in generating positive imagery in response to ambiguous scenarios. The patient's reported experience of the intervention suggests the potential of the positive imagery intervention to "brighten" everyday life via promoting involuntary "flashes" of positive mental imagery in situations related to the scenarios, with associated beneficial effects on positive affect, future expectations, and behavior. Enhancing this aspect of the training-i.e., involuntary positive imagery in contexts where it is adaptive-may hold particular promise for reducing anhedonic symptoms of depression. Developing simple computerized interventions to increase the experience of positive mental imagery in everyday life could therefore provide a useful addition to the drive to improve treatment outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

anhedonia; cognitive bias modification; depression; involuntary memories; mental imagery

PMID:
28152198
PMCID:
PMC5412934
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22455
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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