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Starting from a three-dimensional conception of mood (pleasantness, activation, and calmness) it was assumed that activation and/or calmness should reflect strength and centrality of desires present, while pleasantness should reflect expected goal achievement. These assumptions were tested in a study where a mood questionnaire and rating scales concerning task aspects were administered to students before and after an undergraduate exam. It was found that expected goal achievement correlated with calmness. The subjects who did not accord to this postulated pattern gave indications in their data and in their verbal comments that the task studied was of less importance for them, a finding also in accordance with the present approach to mood.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 1982

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