Call for meta-analysis data: The Undoing Effect of Positive Emotions

We looking for unpublished data/manuscripts regarding the undoing effect of positive emotions for the purpose of a meta-analysis. We are a team of researchers from Adam Mickiewicz University, Stanford University, and University of Amsterdam
Specifically, we are looking for studies with the following characteristics:
Experimental studies that induced positive emotions vs a neutral control following experimentally induced negative emotions or stress.

Autonomous Nervous System recovery was measured during elicitation of positive emotions and during neutral conditions.

If you have any unpublished work on this topic, we would like to include it in our analyses. We would be very grateful if you might either send your study information or data at your earliest convenience (deadline: 15th of October) or contact us with any questions you may have to the following address:

  • Additionally, we are interested if you know of any additional unpublished or ongoing studies (by yourselves or other authors) that might be relevant. We would also appreciate it if you would forward our request to any researchers in your network that may be doing relevant work in these areas.
  • Please find the list of studies that we identified by the literature search. If you cannot find your papers that can contribute to our meta-analysis on this list, please let us know about your work. There have been relatively few studies published about this phenomenon, thus every contribution is highly appreciated

Best regards,
Maciej Behnke & Łukasz D. Kaczmarek
Adam Mickiewicz University

James J. Gross
Stanford University

Mark Assink
University of Amsterdam

List of identified studies:

  • *Fredrickson, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (1998). Positive emotions speed recovery from the cardiovascular sequelae of negative emotions. Cognition & Emotion, 12(2), 191–220.
  • *Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000). The undoing effect of positive emotions. Motivation and Emotion, 24(4), 237–258.
  • *Gilbert, K. E., Gruber, J., & Nolen-Hoeksema, S. N. (2016). I don’t want to come back down: Undoing versus maintaining of reward recovery in older adolescents. Emotion, 16(2), 214–225.
  • *Hannesdóttir, D. K. (2007). Reduction of fear arousal in young adults with speech anxiety through elicitation of positive emotions (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from,
  • *Kaczmarek, K. (2009). Resiliency, stress appraisal, positive affect, and cardiovascular activity. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 40(1), 46–53.
  • *Kaczmarek, L. D., Behnke, M., Kosakowski, M., Enko, J., Dziekan, M., Piskorski, J., … & Guzik, P. (2019). High-approach and low-approach positive affect influence physiological responses to threat and anger. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 138, 27-37.
  • *Medvedev, O., Shepherd, D., & Hautua, M. J. (2015). The restorative potential of soundscapes: A physiological perspective. Applied Acoustics, 96, 20–26.
  • *Qin, Y., Lü, W., Hughes, B. M., & Kaczmarek, L. D. (2019). Trait and state approach-motivated positive affects interactively influence stress cardiovascular recovery. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 146, 261-269.
  • *Radstaak, M., Geurts, S. A., Brosschot, J. F., Cillessen, A. H., & Kompier, M. A. (2011). The role of affect and rumination in cardiovascular recovery from stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81(3), 237-244.
  • *Soenke, M. (2014). The role of positive emotion eliciting activities at promoting physiological recovery from sadness (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from,
  • *Sokhadze, E. M. (2007). Effects of music on the recovery of autonomic and electrocortial activity after stress induced by aversive visual stimuli. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 32(1), 31–50.

Link to the pdf version of the call: