A Critique of “Subjective wellbeing as an affective-cognitive construct” by Davern, Cummins and Stokes
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Let me first offer some comments on the affect circumplex. To what extent do results based on the affect circumplex represent the relationship between core affects in a meaningful manner when a two-dimensional model is assumed? The authors conclude from their data analyses that “... the activation factor is a poor model for the current data”. This is a conclusion with which it is indeed hard to disagree as “sleepy, tired, exhausted, and fatigued” are revealed in their analyses to rank among the most “activated” items. One wonders why the authors continue to hold on to their circumplex model (“... these results generally support the circumplex theory ...”) in the face of such seemingly anomalous results. Previous research on the bidimensional nature of core affect on a regular basis has relied on factor analytical techniques and has struggled with similar problems, including that of finding substantial statistical overlap between the dimensions of valence and activation, which...