# Affect as a System: The Case of Sara

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Research in the affective domain has often been restricted to focused attention on a single affective variable. This is ironic given that we know that affective variables tend to cluster. Perhaps the reason for this is that we lack theories for thinking about affective clusters. In this paper I use Green’s theory of a belief cluster (1971) as the foundation for looking at a new construct—the affect cluster—and how it functions in an experience-rich environment. This proves to be a useful construct in explaining the case of Sara, a girl whose affect around mathematics has been completely changed.

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Beliefs Belief systems Affect Affect systems Changes in affect## References

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