Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 83–93

On the reinforcing value of helping behavior in a positive mood

  • Yoel Yinon
  • Meir O. Landau

DOI: 10.1007/BF00992215

Cite this article as:
Yinon, Y. & Landau, M.O. Motiv Emot (1987) 11: 83. doi:10.1007/BF00992215


In two separate experiments, each utilizing 33 male high school students, it was found that (a) after offering help, subjects reported that they were in a more positive mood than subjects who were not given the opportunity to help and (b) the proportion of helpers among subjects who expected their positive mood to continue was smaller than among those who did not share such an expectation. These findings are discussed in terms of the Negative State Relief model describing the relationship between mood and helping behavior.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoel Yinon
    • 1
  • Meir O. Landau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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