Subclinical psychopathology and affective forecasting: Role of in‐the‐moment feelings

Rui‐Ting Zhang, Tian‐Xiao Yang, Si‐Yu Chen, Eric F. C. Cheung, Emma Barkus, Raymond C. K. Chan*

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It is important for positive well-being and social engagement to understand how peoplepredict future emotions, an ability known as affective forecasting. However, mechanismsunderpinning the change to affective forecasting are not well understood in peoplewith subclinical psychiatric symptoms. The current study differentiated components that comprise affective forecasting and investigated how non-clinical features relate to these.We recruited 319 participants to complete the social affective forecasting task and respond to questionnaires that captured schizotypal and autistic traits as well as depressive symptoms. Associations between affective forecasting and subclinical features were investigated using correlations, regression, and structure equation modeling. Results showed that interpersonal features of schizotypal traits negatively predicted anticipated emotions in positive social conditions via in-the-moment feelings but not via mental simulation. Findings highlight that in-the-moment feelings may be an intervention target to help people who have difficulties with social interactions to anticipate more pleasure for future social events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalPsyCh Journal
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022


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