The experience and meta-experience of mood.

Academic Article


  • Mood experience is comprised of at least two elements: the direct experience of the mood and a meta-level of experience that consists of thoughts and feelings about the mood. In Study 1, a two-dimensional structure for the direct experience of mood (Watson & Tellegen, 1985) was tested for its fit to the responses of 1,572 subjects who each completed one of three different mood scales, including a brief scale developed to assist future research. The Watson and Tellegen structure was supported across all three scales. In Study 2, meta-mood experience was conceptualized as the product of a mood regulatory process that monitors, evaluates, and at times changes mood. A scale to measure meta-mood experience was administered to 160 participants along with the brief mood scale. People's levels on the meta-mood dimensions were found to differ across moods. Meta-mood experiences may also constitute an important part of the phenomenology of the personal experience of mood.
  • Authors

  • Mayer, John D.
  • Gaschke, YN
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • July 1988
  • Keywords

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Arousal
  • Humans
  • Perception
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychometrics
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 3418484
  • Start Page

  • 102
  • End Page

  • 111
  • Volume

  • 55
  • Issue

  • 1