Mood as Information: The Regulatory Role of Personality

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Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

Abstract

According to the mood-as-input model (Martin, 2001), moods operate much like any other piece of information. They serve as input in a configural processing system. Moods are processed in parallel with the target and contextual information in such a way that the meaning of the mood influences and is influenced by the meaning of other information. It is possible for either negative or positive feelings to convey either negative or positive evaluative and motivational implications, the nature of which depends on the context. Hence, the influence of mood on one’s evaluations, motivations, and behaviors depends on the interaction of mood and situational conditions (which is the so-called context-dependent effect of mood), suggesting, for example, that the relation between the mood and the way of processing information (systematic vs. heuristic) differs depending on the interaction of mood and the context of the task.

Keywords

Depression Coherence Posit Volatility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Magdalena Marszał-Wiśniewska
    • 1
  • Dominika Zajusz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Warsaw School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland

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