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Preferences for negative emotions

Daniel Västfjäll (Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Teknisk akustik) ; Tommy Gärling
Emotion p. 326-329. (2006)
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This research demonstrates that preference for emotions cannot be equated with a positive-negative valence dimension. An experiment is reported where participant were asked to make choices between pairs of affect-inducing options opposite in valence but equal in activation. The results showed that in absence of contextual cues or situational constraints, choices fol-lowed a pleasure-maximizing principle. However, when information was provided about a context cueing appropriateness of certain emotions over others, a preference reversal was ob-served so that negative emotions were preferred over positive emotions. These results are dis-cussed in relation to current hedonistic theories of choice and behaviour

Nyckelord: Emotion, choice, pleasure, arousal, decision making, emotion regulation

Denna post skapades 2007-09-11. Senast ändrad 2008-11-21.
CPL Pubid: 47618


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