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dc.contributor.authorPoerio, Giulia L
dc.contributor.authorTotterdell, Peter
dc.contributor.authorEmerson, Lisa-Marie
dc.contributor.authorMiles, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-08T00:51:20Z
dc.date.available2017-11-08T00:51:20Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn1053-8100
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/352183
dc.description.abstractSocial relationships and interactions contribute to daily emotional well-being. The emotional benefits that come from engaging with others are known to arise from real events, but do they also come from the imagination during daydreaming activity? Using experience sampling methodology with 101 participants, we obtained 371 reports of naturally occurring daydreams with social and non-social content and self-reported feelings before and after daydreaming. Social, but not non-social, daydreams were associated with increased happiness, love and connection and this effect was not solely attributable to the emotional content of the daydreams. These effects were only present when participants were lacking in these feelings before daydreaming and when the daydream involved imagining others with whom the daydreamer had a high quality relationship. Findings are consistent with the idea that social daydreams may function to regulate emotion: imagining close others may serve the current emotional needs of daydreamers by increasing positive feelings towards themselves and others.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherAcademic Press
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom135
dc.relation.ispartofpageto144
dc.relation.ispartofjournalConsciousness and Cognition
dc.relation.ispartofvolume33
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPhilosophy
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1702
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2203
dc.titleLove is the triumph of the imagination: Daydreams about significant others are associated with increased happiness, love and connection
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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gro.rights.copyright© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorEmerson, Lisa Marie


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