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1. Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scale (TEPS)

Year: 2006

Gard, David E.; Gard, Marja Germans; Kring, Ann M.; John, Oliver P.

The Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scale (TEPS) was designed to measure individual trait dispositions in both anticipatory (10 items) and consummatory (8 items) experiences of pleasure. Using a 6-point Likert scale (1 = very false for me and 6 = very true for me), the scale uses statements such as "When I think about eating my favorite food, I can almost taste how good it is" (anticipatory) and "The sound of crackling wood in the fireplace is very relaxing" (consummatory).

Instrument Use & Availability

Copyright information unavailable. A list of the scale's 18 items can be found in Table 2 of the source reference (Gard DE, et al., 2006).

For more information, contact:
David E. Gard
Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Instrument Details:

Source Reference:Gard DE, Gard MG, Kring AM, John OP. Anticipatory and consummatory components of the experience of pleasure: A scale development study. J Res Pers 2006;50:1086-1102. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2005.11.001
Population studied:College students
Instrument Type:Assessment
Validity/Reliability:The two scales were moderately, positively correlated with each other. Examination of convergent and discriminant validity indicated that the two scales measured distinct and specific constructs. In particular the anticipatory scale was related to reward responsiveness and imagery, while consummatory pleasure was related to openness to diVerent experiences, and appreciation of positive stimuli.

Supporting References:

  • Garfield JB, Cotton SM, Lubman DI. Psychometric properties, validity, and reliability of the Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scale state version in an opioid-dependent sample. Drug Alcohol Depend 2016;161:238-46. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.02.011

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