Must interesting things be pleasant? A test of competing appraisal structures.

  title={Must interesting things be pleasant? A test of competing appraisal structures.},
  author={Samuel A Turner and Paul J. Silvia},
  volume={6 4},
What makes something interesting? Appraisal research has proposed two appraisal structures for the emotion of interest. One model (Smith & Ellsworth, 1985) contends that appraised pleasantness is central to interest, whereas an alternative model (Silvia, 2005b) contends that pleasantness is unnecessary for interest. An experiment tested these competing predictions. Participants viewed calming and disturbing paintings, rated each picture for appraisals, and reported their experienced interest… CONTINUE READING
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