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This study attempted to investigate the effect of a shower intervention on mood following different kinds of distraction from daily activity, such as reading, exercising, or sitting quietly. The Profile of Mood States was used in a pre-post design in order to determine if a "shower" intervention was associated with mood change. Overall, the first hypothesis, which stated that across all mode of activity a shower would result in greater positive mood chances than the same modes without a shower, was verified. The second hypothesis stated that a shower following exercise would result in the greatest positive mood changes overall. Exercise was shown to result in positive mood changes, as was a shower, and the combined condition also resulted in positive mood changes. However, the shower alone created the greatest decrease in TMD and also created a greater decrease in fatigue and confusion and a greater increase in vigor than exercising combined with showering. Thus, while a shower following an exercise did result in positive mood changes, they were not the greatest positive mood changes, and the second hypothesis was partially verified.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
David Pargman, Professor Directing Thesis; Gershon Tenenbaum, Committee Member; Hillary Steiner, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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