Brief Mood Introspection Scale (BMIS)

Author of Tool: 

Mayer, J. D., & Gaschke, Y. N

Key references: 

Mayer, J. D., & Gaschke, Y. N. (1988). The experience and meta-experience of mood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 55, 102-111

Kokkonen, J., Pulkkinen, L. (2001). Examination of the paths between personality, current mood, its evaluation, and emotion regulation.European Journal of Personality, 15(2), 83-104. 
 
Halberstadt, J.B., Niedenthal, P.M., & Kushner, J. (1995). Resolution of lexical ambiguity by emotional state ; Psychological Science, 6(5), 278-282. 
 
Hall, M., & Baum, A. (1995). Intrusive thoughts as determinants of distress in parents of children with cancer. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25(14), 1215-1230.
 
Mayer, J.D., Allen, J.P. & Beauregard, K. (1995). Mood inductions for four specific moods: A procedure employing guided imagery vignettes with music.  Journal of Mental Imagery, 19(1-2), 151-159. 
 
Mayer, JD. & Hanson, E. (1995). Mood-congruent judgment over time. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 21(3), 237-244.

Primary use / Purpose: 

A mood adjective scale with an item sample of 16 adjectives, 2 selected from each of 8 mood states

Background: 

Mood experience id comprised of at least two elements: the direct experience of the mood, and the meta-level of experience that consists of thoughts and feelings about the mood. Here, mood is experienced at a reflective level. This reflective level has been studied in part, however the development of the Brief Mood Introspection Scale (BMIS) is a first attempt to integrate these reflective experiences, and to think of them functionally, as the products of a regulatory process that monitors, evaluates, and sometimes acts to change mood.  

Psychometrics: 

Cronbach's alpha reliabilities range from 0.76 to 0.83, which was deemed to be quite satisfactory. The scale was also found to have good factor validity. 

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