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Emotion word processing: Does mood make a difference?

It is generally established that emotion words provoke differential responses in comparison to neutral words. How does one’s inner emotional state influence the comprehension of emotion words? To address this question, we examined lexical decision responses to emotionally positive, negative, and neutral words as a function of induced mood. Mood was manipulated by exposing participants to different types of music. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions – no music, positive music, and negative music. Participants’ moods were assessed during the experiment to confirm the mood induction manipulation. Reaction time results showed a significant interaction between the mood manipulation and word emotionality. The pattern of findings are discussed in terms of how different emotional moods can differentially influence attention.