Affect and Information Processing

Kevin Daniels

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199290468
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Affect and Information Processing

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Psychometrically, affective experience can be represented in two dimensional space. More specific affects cluster at points in this space. These two major dimensions are negative and positive affect. High negative affect relates to the more specific unpleasant affects of anxiety and anger. Its opposite is relaxation. High positive affect relates to more specific pleasant and high activation affects such as enthusiasm. Its opposite relates to the more specific affects of depression and boredom. Because of the pervasive nature of affect, organizational research has investigated many theoretical and applied issues. The topics of this article include: how cognitive processes influence affect; how cognitive processes regulate affective experience; how state affect influences cognitive processes; and the role of trait affect. There are organizational applications in each domain. The article concludes by highlighting directions for research.

Keywords: affect; information processing; high activation effect; organizational research; cognitive processes; organizational applications

Article.  7127 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Human Resource Management

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