Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 457–466 | Cite as

Core Affect and Subjective Wellbeing: A Rebuttal to Moum and Land

  • Robert A. CumminsEmail author
  • Mark A. Stokes
  • Melanie T. Davern
Research Paper


This paper is a rebuttal to the reviews of Moum and Land. Publication has been facilitated by Journal policy (see Instructions to authors ‘Procedure when the authors and reviewers disagree’ on the Journal website) which details the procedure to be followed in the case of disputed manuscripts. Our reply is in two parts. The first concerns issues of theory and the second issues of methodology. Each point of critique raised by the reviewers has been answered and shown either to be false or irrelevant. We contend that our original conclusion still stands. Subjective wellbeing is dominated by Core Affect.


Core affect Life satisfaction Happiness Rebuttal Subjective wellbeing Set-point 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Cummins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark A. Stokes
    • 1
  • Melanie T. Davern
    • 2
  1. 1.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health & Social WellbeingUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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