Thoughts on the relations between emotion and cognition.

@article{Lazarus1982ThoughtsOT,
  title={Thoughts on the relations between emotion and cognition.},
  author={Richard S. Lazarus},
  journal={American Psychologist},
  year={1982},
  volume={37},
  pages={1019-1024}
}
  • R. Lazarus
  • Published 1982
  • Psychology
  • American Psychologist
This paper argues that thought is a necessary condition of emotion. It therefore opposes the •stance taken by Zajonc, which reflects two widespread misunderstandings about what is meant by cognitive processes in emotion: (a) that a cognitive appraisal of the significance of an encounter for one's well-being must occur in fixed stages through the information processing of initially meaningless inputs from the environment; and (b) that such an appraisal is necessarily deliberate, rational, and… Expand
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