Core affect and the psychological construction of emotion.

  title={Core affect and the psychological construction of emotion.},
  author={James A. Russell},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={110 1},
  • J. Russell
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Psychological review
At the heart of emotion, mood, and any other emotionally charged event are states experienced as simply feeling good or bad, energized or enervated. These states--called core affect--influence reflexes, perception, cognition, and behavior and are influenced by many causes internal and external, but people have no direct access to these causal connections. Core affect can therefore be experienced as free-floating (mood) or can be attributed to some cause (and thereby begin an emotional episode… 

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