The cognitive model of depression and mood-induction procedures: a reply to Clark (1983). Academic Article uri icon


  • In a recent article on mood-induction procedures, Clark (1983) concluded that the Velten Mood Induction Procedure (VMIP; Velten, 1968) produces a good analog state of mild, naturally occurring, retarded depression that is not explicable in terms of experimental demand characteristics. Clark concluded, however, that it is erroneous to view the relative success of the VMIP in simulating the effects of depression as support for cognitive theories of depression. While we agree with the first of Clark's conclusions, we disagree with his second conclusion that the VMIP is not a cognitive manipulation. The purpose of the present article is to argue that his ideas regarding the impact of the VMIP on mood and behavior are not supported by the existing data. Therefore, the VMIP results can be used to support Beck's (1976) cognitive theory of depression. 1985.

published proceedings

  • Behav Res Ther

author list (cited authors)

  • Riskind, J. H., & Rholes, W. S.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Riskind, JH||Rholes, WS

publication date

  • January 1985