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Letting Go of Unattainable Goal: Rumination Impairs Goal Disengagement

Emotional Ups and Downs - Board: EM-057
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Yerba Buena 7

Joelle LeMoult
University of Miami

Annette van Randenborgh
University of Muenster, Germany

Joachim H├╝ffmeier
University of Muenster, Germany

Jutta Joormann
University of Miami

This study investigates whether depressive rumination hinders the crucial ability to disengage from goals that are too difficult to attain. Participants randomly assigned to ruminate were more likely to get stuck in the attempt to solve unsolvable anagrams compared to participants assigned to distract themselves.

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