What is it about?
Memory tends to be vague in depression, but is *future* thinking also less specific? To find out, we summarised 46 existing studies. It turns out: yes—future thinking tends to be a little bit vague in depressed people (on average). But the really interesting finding was about emotion—future thinking was vague only for positive events, not for neutral or negative events.
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Why is it important?
This is the first large meta-analysis on the specificity of future thinking in depression. It's important because it shows that depressed people don't have a big general impairment in imagination—they just struggle to imagine *positive* futures. Perhaps interventions can use these findings to help people improve the way they use their imagination.
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This page is a summary of: Specificity of Future Thinking in Depression: A Meta-Analysis, Perspectives on Psychological Science, August 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1745691619851784.
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