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Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 818–827 | Cite as

Incidental emotions associated with uncertainty appraisals impair decisions in the Iowa Gambling Task

  • Virginie Bagneux
  • Hélène Font
  • Thierry Bollon
Original Paper

Abstract

With the Appraisal Tendency Framework, it has been established that (un)certainty appraisals associated with incidental emotions trigger the kind of information processing to cope with situation. We tested the impact of (un)certainty-associated emotions on a sequential task, the Iowa Gambling Task. In this task, intuitive processing is necessary to lead participants to rely on emotional cues arising from previous decisions and to making advantageous decisions. We predicted that certainty-associated emotions would engage participants in intuitive processing, whereas uncertainty-associated emotions would engage them in deliberative processing and lead them to make disadvantageous decisions. As expected, we observed in two distinct experiments, that participants induced to feel uncertainty (fear, sadness) were found to decide less advantageously than participants induced to feel certainty (anger, happiness, disgust).

Keywords

Emotion Certainty-uncertainty appraisal Iowa Gambling Task Information processing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginie Bagneux
    • 1
  • Hélène Font
    • 2
  • Thierry Bollon
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de PsychologieUniversité de SavoieChambéry CedexFrance
  2. 2.Clermont Université, Université Blaise PascalClermont-FerrandFrance

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