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Power, approach, and inhibition.
This article examines how power influences behavior. Elevated power is associated with increased rewards and freedom and thereby activates approach-related tendencies. Reduced power is associatedExpand
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Fear, anger, and risk.
  • J. Lerner, D. Keltner
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 July 2001
Drawing on an appraisal-tendency framework (J. S. Lerner & D. Keltner, 2000), the authors predicted and found that fear and anger have opposite effects on risk perception. Whereas fearful peopleExpand
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Beyond valence: Toward a model of emotion-specific influences on judgement and choice
Most theories of affective influences on judgement and choice take a valence-based approach, contrasting the effects of positive versus negative feeling states. These approaches have not specified ifExpand
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Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion
In this paper we present a prototype approach to awe. We suggest that two appraisals are central and are present in all clear cases of awe: perceived vastness, and a need for accommodation, definedExpand
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Social Functions of Emotions at Four Levels of Analysis
In this paper we integrate claims and ® ndings concerning the social functions of emotions at the individual, dyadic, group, and cultural levels of analysis. Across levels of analysis theoristsExpand
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Compassion: an evolutionary analysis and empirical review.
What is compassion? And how did it evolve? In this review, we integrate 3 evolutionary arguments that converge on the hypothesis that compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whoseExpand
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Oxytocin receptor genetic variation relates to empathy and stress reactivity in humans
Oxytocin, a peptide that functions as both a hormone and neurotransmitter, has broad influences on social and emotional processing throughout the body and the brain. In this study, we tested how aExpand
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The nature of awe: Elicitors, appraisals, and effects on self-concept
Awe has been defined as an emotional response to perceptually vast stimuli that overwhelm current mental structures, yet facilitate attempts at accommodation. Four studies are presented showing theExpand
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Awe, the small self, and prosocial behavior.
Awe is an emotional response to perceptually vast stimuli that transcend current frames of reference. Guided by conceptual analyses of awe as a collective emotion, across 5 studies (N = 2,078) weExpand
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Having less, giving more: the influence of social class on prosocial behavior.
Lower social class (or socioeconomic status) is associated with fewer resources, greater exposure to threat, and a reduced sense of personal control. Given these life circumstances, one might expectExpand
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