Author (Your Name)

Kaitlin Hanley, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Psychology Dept.


Yulia Chentsova Dutton

Second Advisor

Ayanna Kim Thomas


Current conceptions of anhedonia as a key symptom of depression do not consider the importance of anticipatory, consummatory, and recall deficits involved in anhedonia. Sixty-one depressed and non-depressed, college-student participants provided reports of anticipated pleasure to tasting chocolates, tasted chocolates and rated their experience of pleasure, and provided recalled reports of pleasure to the experience one day later. Results demonstrated a deficit in the ability to anticipate experiencing pleasure for depressed participants when compared to non-depressed controls, however, their reports of consummatory pleasure and recalled pleasure did not differ significantly from non-depressed control participants. This study suggests that actual experiential deficits may not drive anhedonia, but instead cognitive deficits may be involved. Future studies need to focus more on the nature of this deficit, particularly in a clinical population.


Anhedonia, Recollection (Psychology), Depression, Mental, Behaviorism (Psychology)

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