Positive affect, cognitive processes, and social behavior.

  title={Positive affect, cognitive processes, and social behavior.},
  author={Alice M. Isen},
  journal={Advances in Experimental Social Psychology},
  • A. Isen
  • Published 1987
  • Psychology
  • Advances in Experimental Social Psychology
Affect and Social Perception: Research Evidence and an Integrative Theory
What is the role of affect in social perception processes? This chapter reviews our empirical research programme on affective influences on social perception, and a new multi-process theoretical
Affective Influences on Cognition
How does affect or mood influence the way people think, remember, and deal with information? Understanding the delicate interplay between feeling and thinking, affect and cognition has for long
Emotion is for influence
Functional approaches to emotion are rapidly gaining in popularity. Thus far the functions of emotions have been conceptualised and studied mainly at the intrapersonal level of analysis, the key
Political attitudes: Interactions of cognition and affect
Commonly held political opinions provide an ecologically relevant focus for studying the interactions of environmental context, affect or emotion, and cognition. To explore this approach to
Research on Affect Today: From the perspective of social cognition
A SAC model, an integrative model of affect and cognition, will be shown and discussed and the relation of affect to cognitive style and the motivational function of affective states will be discussed.
Affective influences on interpersonal perceptions
What role do feelings play in interpersonal perception? This chapter reviews our empirical research program on affective influences on social judgments, and a new theoretical framework accounting for
Political Attitudes: Interactions and Affect 1
Commonly held political opinions provide an ecologically relevant focus for studying the interactions of environmental context, affect or emotion, and cognition. To explore this approach to


The influence of affect on categorization.
Three studies and a pilot experiment showed that positive affect, induced in any of three ways, influenced categorization of either of two types of stimuli—words or colors. As reflected by
Mood influences on helping: Direct effects or side effects?
A review of the literature concerning the promotive influence of experimentally generated happiness and sadness on helping suggested that (a) increased helping among saddened subjects is an
Mood and memory.
  • G. Bower
  • Psychology
    The American psychologist
  • 1981
Experiments in which happy or sad moods were induced in subjects by hyp- notic suggestion to investigate the influence of emo- tions on memory and thinking found that subjects exhibited mood-state-dependent memory in recall of word lists, personal experiences recorded in a daily diary, and childhood experiences.
The influence of positive affect on decision-making strategy.
This study investigated the influence of a positive feeling state on the decision-making process involved in choosing one alternative from among a group of items. Subjects were asked to select one of
Influence of positive affect on the subjective utility of gains and losses: it is just not worth the risk.
It is indicated that losses seem worse to people who are feeling happy than to those in a control condition, and potential gains did not seem to be more appealing for affect subjects than they did for controls when people were considering potential gain.
Differential effects of induced mood on the recall of positive, negative and neutral words
Previous investigations have consistently found differential effects of induced moods on the accessibility of personal memories differing in hedonic tone. Findings for effects of retrieval mood on
Lateral brain function, emotion, and conceptualization.
  • D. Tucker
  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 1981
Research on brain damage, psychiatric disorders, and normal emotion, which has shown the importance of the right hemisphere's holistic and nonverbal conceptualization to emotion, concludes that further research on the lateralization of emotion should reveal how emotional processes are at one level dependent on basic neurophysiological activation processes and at another level intrinsic to the differential forms of conceptualization of the 2 cerebral hemispheres.