Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

2009 Edition
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Dynamics and Evaluation: The Warm Glow of Processing Fluency

  • Piotr Winkielman
  • David E. Huber
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_139

Definition of the Subject

A major goal of contemporary psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience is to understand the interactions ofcognition and emotion  – the mutualinfluences between thinking and feeling [11,41,101]. Sometimes such interactions are quite dramatic –as when emotions rob an individual of sound judgment (e. g., crimes of passions) or when emotions inspire an individual to transgressself‐interest (e. g., acts of compassion). But most cognition‐emotion interactions are more subtle. For example, seeinga well‐balanced piece of art or a symmetric design may invoke a sense of aesthetic pleasure. Simply recognizing a familiaracquaintance on a street may evoke a sense of warm glow. A difficult to hear cell phone conversation may evoke a subtle sense ofannoyance. And, in the first few days of being in a foreign country, people's faces just look “weird”. This contribution deals with thenature of cognition‐emotion interactions in these more subtle everyday evaluativeresponses...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piotr Winkielman
    • 1
  • David E. Huber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA