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Performance benefits of depression : sequential decision making in a healthy sample and a clinically depressed sample

von Helversen, Bettina and Wilke, Andreas and Johnson, Tim and Schmid, Gabriele and Klapp, Burghard. (2011) Performance benefits of depression : sequential decision making in a healthy sample and a clinically depressed sample. Journal of abnormal psychology, Vol. 120. pp. 962-968.

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Abstract

Previous research reported conflicting results concerning the influence of depression on cognitive task performance. Whereas some studies reported that depression enhances performance, other studies reported negative or null effects. These discrepant findings appear to result from task variation, as well as the severity and treatment status of participant depression. To better understand these moderating factors, we study the performance of individuals—in a complex sequential decision task similar to the secretary problem—who are nondepressed, depressed, and recovering from a major depressive episode. We find that depressed individuals perform better than do nondepressed individuals. Formal modeling of participants' decision strategies suggested that acutely depressed participants had higher thresholds for accepting options and made better choices than either healthy participants or those recovering from depression.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Entscheidungspsychologie > Economic Psychology (Rieskamp)
UniBasel Contributors:von Helversen, Bettina
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0145-2339
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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