Affect & Emotion

Emotion can interfere with decision-making.  However, affective responses can also prove very useful.  Many times our first indication that there is a problem that requires attention is that “something doesn’t feel right.” Affect and emotion have been actively studied in psychology for more than a century. However, until recently the roles of affective processes in judgment and decision-making were largely unexplored. Our research builds upon recent work in cognitive science, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience to develop and test affect-based theories of judgment and decision-making and to apply this understanding to problems in applied arenas.

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