Causes and Consequences of Feelings

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Cambridge University Press, May 22, 2000 - Psychology - 255 pages
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Although is is well known that people's feelings can often influences what they remember, how they think, and what they do, systematic investigations of these effects are relatively new. Summarizing much of what has been learned in the past several decades, this book looks at how good and bad feelings arise, and then how they can affect thought and actions. Besides showing the often-suprising ways in which mood can shape judgments and memory, this volume will examine, among other things, how emotion arousal influences the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, whether childhood traumas are repressed, and what impact people's feelings have on their susceptibility to persuasive communications.
 

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Contents

Feelings Their Nature and Causes
11
More on the Causes of Feelings Appraisals and Bodily Reactions
38
Feelings and Memory
65
Influences of Feelings on Memory
67
Personal Traumas and Memory
96
Affective Influences on Cognitive Processes
119
The Influence of Feelings on Judgments and Decision Making
121
Feelings Persuasion and Motivation
144
Influencing Action
165
Feeling Effects on Aggression and Helpfulness
167
Notes
191
References
225
Index
245
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