How positive affect modulates cognitive control: reduced perseveration at the cost of increased distractibility.

  title={How positive affect modulates cognitive control: reduced perseveration at the cost of increased distractibility.},
  author={Gesine Dreisbach and Thomas Goschke},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={30 2},
A fundamental problem that organisms face in a changing environment is how to regulate dynamically the balance between stable maintenance and flexible switching of goals and cognitive sets. The authors show that positive affect plays an important role in the regulation of this stability-flexibility balance. In a cognitive set-switching paradigm, the induction of mild increases in positive affect, as compared with neutral or negative affect, promoted cognitive flexibility and reduced… CONTINUE READING
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