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Beyond valence: Toward a model of emotion-specific influences on judgement and choice

Beyond valence: Toward a model of emotion-specific influences on judgement and choice
Cognition and Emotion
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2000
Pages: 473–493
Source ID: shanti-sources-22917
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Abstract:

Most theories of affective in ¯ uences on judgement and choice take a valencebased approach, contrasting the effects of positive versus negative feeling states. These approaches have not speci ® ed if and when distinct emotions of the same valence have different effects on judgement. In this article, we propose a model of emotion-speci ® c in ¯ uences on judgement and choice. We posit that each emotion is de ® ned by a tendency to perceive new events and objects in ways that are consistent with the original cognitive-appraisal dimensions of the emotion. To pit the valence and appraisal-tendency approaches against one another, we present a study that addresses whether two emotions of the same valence but differing appraisalsÐ anger and fearÐ relate in different ways to risk perception. Consistent with the appraisaltendency hypothesis, fearful people made pessimistic judgements of future events whereas angry people made optimistic judgements. In the Discussion we expand the proposed model and review evidence supporting two social moderators of appraisal-tendency processes.

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Contexts of Contemplation Project