Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 387–395 | Cite as

Momentary affect and attention allocation

  • R. Garth Ritchie


An experimental study of the consequences of affect on attention allocation was conducted. Momentary affect states were induced through a gambling environment. Concurrently, a visual search task was performed and reaction times measured. It was found that search was faster when the target was located in a region containing emotion-congruent schematic faces. This effect is predicted by a functionalist theory of emotion (Klinger, 1982).


Reaction Time Experimental Study Social Psychology Visual Search Affect State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Garth Ritchie
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  1. 1.Mitchell College of Advanced EducationBathurstAustralia

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