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, 102-111Kokkonen, 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


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.  


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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