Does mood influence the realism of confidence judgments?

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In this study we investigated how mood influences the degree of realism in participants’ confidence judgments (based on an episodic memory task). Using music and film in combination, we successfully induced half of the participants into an elated mood, but failed to induce a sad mood in the other half. Contrary to our prediction, our data indicated that there was no difference in the realism of the confidence between the conditions. When relating this result to previous research our conclusion is that there is no, or very little, influence of mood of moderate intensity on the realism of confidence judgments.


  • Carl Martin Allwood
  • Pär Anders Granhag
  • Anna-Carin Jonsson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • episodic knowledge, elated mood, realism, confidence judgments, mood
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-260
JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch