In this lab-based study we tested whether the motivational effects of prospective mental imagery are facilitated by the explicit reference to the positive emotions associated with planned reward activities. By this we hope to gain a more sustained understanding of the mechanisms involved in
mental imagery interventions. This is highly relevant for CBT, as it could inform both the
design of effective new treatments as well as the targeted use of prospective mental imagery as an adjunct to existing ones.


Researchers: Max Heise, Jessica Werthmann, & Fritz Renner