Thinking about the future is thought to play an important role in day to day life, and increasing research indicates that how people think about their own future is related to their mood. For example, how you are feeling may influence how positive or negative the future seems to you, and vice versa. However, both people’s perceptions of the future and their mood can change over time, and we know little about how these changes may be related to each other.
In a study that we currently conduct at Ruhr-University Bochum, we aim to examine the extent to which particular kinds of thoughts about the future stay the same or change on a week-by-week basis over the course of a few weeks, and how this relates to changes in people’s mood over the same time period.
The study involves a first survey, taking about 15 minutes, and then 3 short surveys (about 5 mins each) over the following three weeks.
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