Manipulating the impact of public health information on mood

Morris, N, Martino, O I and Fullwood, C ORCID: 0000-0002-7714-6783 (2005) Manipulating the impact of public health information on mood. In: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005. Taylor & Francis, pp. 388-391. ISBN 9780415374484

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Warning the public about the symptoms and prognosis for sufferers of a life threatening disease has psychological consequences. Health promoters need to consider the emotional impact of different modes of presentation. In this study participants were given a short presentation on a fictional disease that closely resembled Ebola. One group was told about the symptoms and then the prognosis, a second group were told about the prognosis and then the symptoms and a third group, the control group, had a presentation on nutrition and diet. Mood was assessed before and after the presentation and a memory test measured retention. There was a significant positive mood shift in the symptoms first group but no change in the prognosis first group or control group. Information retention levels did not differ between groups. The results are discussed in terms of the structuring of health promotions to maximize mood state.

Item Type: Book Section
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Chris Fullwood
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 12:47
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:05

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