Mood as information in making attributions to discrimination

Gretchen B. Sechrist, Janet K. Swim, Melvin M. Mark

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Previous research demonstrates that people use their mood as information when making a variety of judgments. The present research examines the extent to which people use their current mood as information when making attributions to discrimination. Women were given a positive or negative mood induction and either provided with an external attribution for their current mood state or not. They then reported on discrimination occurring to themselves and other women. When an external attribution for induced mood was not provided, women in positive moods were less likely to report discrimination across three measures than were women in negative moods. When an external attribution was provided, mood had no effect. Implications for understanding the effects of context and individual differences in the perception and reporting of experiences with discrimination are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-531
Number of pages8
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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