Investigating the Role of Time in Affective Forecasting: Temporal Influences on Forecasting Accuracy

  title={Investigating the Role of Time in Affective Forecasting: Temporal Influences on Forecasting Accuracy},
  author={Catrin Finkenauer and Marcello Gallucci and Wilco W. van Dijk and Monique M. H. Pollmann},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1152 - 1166}
Using extensive diary data from people taking their driver's license exam, the authors investigated the role of time in affective forecasting accuracy. Replicating existing findings, participants grossly overestimated the intensity and duration of their negative affect after failure and only slightly overestimated the intensity and duration of their positive affect after success. Extending existing findings, participants accurately predicted a decrease of their affective reactions over time but… 
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