Affective Shift Task (AST)

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Affective Shift Task - English

The Affective shift Task (AST) by De Lissnyder et al (2010) uses a search paradigm to study inhibition and set shifting in response to emotional and non-emotional information.
Duration: 25 minutes
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Last Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 9:50PM


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De Lissnyder, E., Koster, E. H. W., Derakshan, N., & De Raedt, R. (2010). The association between depressive symptoms and executive control impairments in response to emotional and non-emotional information. Cognition and Emotion, 24(2), 264–280.

Koster, E. H. W., De Lissnyder, E., Derakshan, N., & De Raedt, R. (2011). Understanding depressive rumination from a cognitive science perspective: The impaired disengagement hypothesis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(1), 138–145.

Stange, J. P., Alloy, L. B., & Fresco, D. M. (2017). Inflexibility as a Vulnerability to Depression: A Systematic Qualitative Review. Clinical Psychology (New York, N.Y.), 24(3), 245–276.

Hallion, L. S., Tolin, D. F., Assaf, M., Goethe, J., & Diefenbach, G. J. (2017). Cognitive Control in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Relation of Inhibition Impairments to Worry and Anxiety Severity. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41(4), 610–618.

Shaw, Z. A., Hilt, L. M., & Starr, L. R. (2019). The developmental origins of ruminative response style: An integrative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 74, 101780–101780.

Quigley, L., Wen, A., & Dobson, K. S. (2020). Cognitive control over emotional information in current and remitted depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 132, 103658–103658.