Title

Affective incoherence: when affective concepts and embodied reactions clash

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Health Policy and Research

Date

3-26-2008

Document Type

Article

Subjects

*Affect; Attention; Comprehension; *Concept Formation; *Conflict (Psychology); Cues; Culture; Female; Humans; Male; Memory, Short-Term; *Mental Recall; Motivation; *Reading; Retention (Psychology)

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

In five studies, the authors examined the effects on cognitive performance of coherence and incoherence between conceptual and experiential sources of affective information. The studies crossed the priming of happy and sad concepts with affective experiences. In different experiments, these included approach or avoidance actions, happy or sad feelings, and happy or sad expressive behaviors. In all studies, coherence between affective concepts and affective experiences led to better recall of a story than did affective incoherence. The authors suggest that the experience of such experiential affective cues serves as evidence of the appropriateness of affective concepts that come to mind. The results suggest that affective coherence has epistemic benefits and that incoherence is costly in terms of cognitive performance.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008 Apr;94(4):560-78. Link to article on publisher's site

DOI of Published Version

10.1037/0022-3514.94.4.560

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Journal of personality and social psychology

PubMed ID

18361672