Title

Psychological Well-being and Cognitive Processing during an Expressive Letter Writing Exercise

Date

5-29-2014 2:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 4:00 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Debi Brannan

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This study examined how cognitive processing words in an expressive letter writing exercise are associated with psychological well-being. It was predicted that participants who used a greater proportion of cognitive processing words would report more satisfaction with life and positive emotions. Twenty-eight undergraduate students were assigned to write a forgiveness or gratitude letter. Afterwards, the participants completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale and an abbreviated Positive and Negative Affect Scale. Linear regressions revealed that cognitive processing significantly predicted higher levels of satisfaction with life, t(26)=2.91, p=.007, and greater positive emotion word usage in the expressive letters, t(26)=5.51, p=.05.

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May 29th, 2:00 PM May 29th, 4:00 PM

Psychological Well-being and Cognitive Processing during an Expressive Letter Writing Exercise

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

This study examined how cognitive processing words in an expressive letter writing exercise are associated with psychological well-being. It was predicted that participants who used a greater proportion of cognitive processing words would report more satisfaction with life and positive emotions. Twenty-eight undergraduate students were assigned to write a forgiveness or gratitude letter. Afterwards, the participants completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale and an abbreviated Positive and Negative Affect Scale. Linear regressions revealed that cognitive processing significantly predicted higher levels of satisfaction with life, t(26)=2.91, p=.007, and greater positive emotion word usage in the expressive letters, t(26)=5.51, p=.05.