The effect of mastery imagery ability on appraisals and responses to psychological stress

Möller, Clara Maude (2019). The effect of mastery imagery ability on appraisals and responses to psychological stress. University of Birmingham. M.Sc.

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The aim of this thesis was to investigate the effect of mastery imagery ability in regulating the appraisals and responses to stress. Following a review of the imagery and stress literature in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 consisted of an investigation on the associations between mastery imagery ability, perceived stress, general anxiety, and immediate anxiety intensity and interpretation. Chapter 2 also included an examination of whether perceived stress was a potential mechanism through which mastery imagery ability was related to anxiety. Building on the associations exhibited in Chapter 2, Chapter 3 used an experimental study design to conduct a pilot study investigating if mastery imagery ability could be increased using layered stimulus response training (LSRT), and whether increasing mastery imagery ability decreased perceived stress and general anxiety, and altered psychological appraisals and responses as well as cardiovascular responses to an acute stress task compared to a control group. Chapter 4 (i.e., the general discussion) then discussed the results found in Chapters 2 and 3 and provides avenues for future investigation. Overall, this thesis contributes to imagery and stress literature by identifying new relationships between mastery imagery ability and constructs associated with stress and coping. Findings also highlight the importance of mastery imagery ability in a non-athletic setting, and suggest that layered stimulus response training could be an effective technique to increase mastery imagery ability and subsequently lead to more adaptive coping under stress.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Sc.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Sc.
Veldhuijzen Van Zanten, JoachiminaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QP Physiology


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