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A neuropsychological theory of positive affect and its influence on cognition.
A new neuropsychological theory is proposed that accounts for many of the effects of positive affect on olfaction, the consolidation of long-term memories, working memory, and creative problem solving by assuming that positive affect is associated with increased brain dopamine levels.
Positive affect facilitates creative problem solving.
Four experiments indicated that positive affect, induced by means of seeing a few minutes of a comedy film or by means of receiving a small bag of candy, improved performance on two tasks that are
The influence of affect on categorization.
Three studies and a pilot experiment showed that positive affect, induced in any of three ways, influenced categorization of either of two types of stimuli—words or colors. As reflected by
An Influence of Positive Affect on Decision Making in Complex Situations: Theoretical Issues With Practical Implications
This article reviews evidence indicating that, in most circumstances, positive affect enhances problem solving and decision making, leading to cognitive processing that is not only flexible,
Affect, accessibility of material in memory, and behavior: a cognitive loop?
The nature of affect and the relationship between good mood and behavior (such as helping) are discussed in terms of this proposed cognitive process.