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Feeling and Thinking : The Role of Affect in Social Cognition - Joseph P. Forgas

Feeling and Thinking

The Role of Affect in Social Cognition

By: Joseph P. Forgas (Editor)

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Published: 23rd October 2001
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Affective states have a highly important, yet little understood influence on how people think about, remember, and respond to social situations. Contributions from leading psychologists in the field review and integrate the most recent work on the role of affect in social life. They offer new insights on the fundamental links between affect and cognition, and report recent research and theories illustrating how affective states can play a subtle and often subconscious role in guiding peoples' thoughts, memories, judgments, attitudes and behaviors in social situations. The insights offered in this book have major implications for several applied fields where the links between feeling, thinking and behavior are of interest, such as clinical, counseling, health and organizational psychology.

'I can't imagine a more interesting collection of affect researchers under one roof! Joseph Forgas has brought together the best minds in psychology, young and old, to reflect on the interface between emotion and thought. An impressive collection of findings and theory, this volume will make you wish you had travelled to Sydney to attend the original symposium itself. Excellent investigators showcase their best work.' Professor Peter Salovey, Yale University 'At last there is a book that brings together the central findings and theories concerning the interface of social cognition and affect. This important new volume is sure to become the sourcebook for understanding the critical question of how feeling and thinking are interrelated. The editor has done an outstanding job of bringing together major contributors to answering this question. This exciting book is must reading for anyone interested in the vital role of affect in social life.' Professor Tory Higgins, Columbia University

Introduction: the role of affect in social cognition
Fundamental Issues: The Interplay of Affect and Cognition
Nonconscious and noncognitive affect
Challenge and threat: the interplay of affect and cognition
Affect and appraisal
The Informational Role of Affect
Cognitive and clinical perspectives on mood dependent memory
Some conditions affecting overcorrection of the judgment-distorting influence of one's feelings
Mood as input: a configural view of mood effects
Affective forecasting and durability bias: the problem of the invisible shield
Affect and Information Processing
Mood and general knowledge structures: happy moods and their impact on information processing
A connectionist approach to understanding the impact of mood on cognitive functions of assimilation and accommodation
The role of different processing strategies in mediating mood effects on cognition
Affect and Social Knowledge Structures
Self-organization in emotional contexts
Prologues to a unified theory of affect, attitudes, stereotypes, and self-concept
Interpersonal emotions, social cognition, and self-relevant thought
Emotional response categorization
Integration and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521011891
ISBN-10: 0521011892
Series: Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 23rd October 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.64