Pleasure, displeasure, and mixed feelings: Are semantic opposites mutually exclusive?

  title={Pleasure, displeasure, and mixed feelings: Are semantic opposites mutually exclusive?},
  author={Ulrich Schimmack},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={81 - 97}
  • U. Schimmack
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion
Are pleasure and displeasure opposite markers of a single dimension, or are pleasure and displeasure two separate feelings? The present article argues that the existing evidence proved inconclusive for four reasons: (a) assessment of affect in unspecified situations, (b) assessment of affect at one moment in time, (c) use of inappropriate statistics, and (d) lack of theoretical predictions. The present article presents a study in which affect was assessed before and after an induction of mild… 

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