Affect as information

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Chapter 4 endnote 44, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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When you experience affect without knowing the cause, you are more likely to treat affect as information about the world, rather than your experience of the world. The psychologist Gerald L. Clore has spent decades performing clever experiments to better understand how people make decisions every day based on gut feelings.

The psychologist Jerry Clore discovered that people use affect as information about whatever is in the focus of attention. He and his colleagues have a large and impressive body of research demonstrating how affect influences decisions, judgments, and even perceptions.[1][2]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Clore, Gerald L. and Alexander J. Schiller. 2016. "New Light on the Affect-Cognition Connection." In Handbook of Emotions, 4th edition, edited by Lisa Feldman Barrett, Michael Lewis, and Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, 532-546. New York: Guilford Press.
  2. Clore, Gerald L., and Jeffrey R. Huntsinger. 2007. "How Emotions Inform Judgment and Regulate Thought." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 11 (9): 393-399.