Behavioral Consequences of Affect

  • Bert S. Moore
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 5)


Michael Lewis introduced his volume The Development of Affect (1978) with the following quote:

Douglas, a 13-month-old, sits quietly playing with blocks. Carefully, with a rapt expression, he places one block on top of another until a tower of four blocks is made. As the last block reaches the top, he laughs out loud and claps his hands. His mother calls out, “Good, Doug. It is a ta-l-l-l tower. Don’t you feel good!” Returning to the tower, Doug tries one more block, and as he places it on top, the tower falls. Doug bursts into tears and vigorously scatters the blocks before him. His crying brings his mother, who, while holding him on her lap and wiping his tears, says softly, “Don’t feel bad. I know you’re angry. It’s frustrating trying to build such a tall tower. There, there, try again.” (p. 3)

This quote also provides an appropriate illustration of the concerns of this book.


Negative Affect Positive Affect Affective State Negative Mood Mood Induction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert S. Moore
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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