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2. Describe theory and research on the nature and operation of emotion, including research
linking emotion with memory, cognition, and behavior.
In relation to emotion, the social cognitive concept of affects influences our behaviors.
Affects are thought induced feelings that effect our cognitions, and in turn our behavior. Within
this concept of affects, we see the emergence of a concept, known as “hot” cognitions, which are
thoughts that also activate strong emotions.
As stated in the text, Smith and Lazarus proposed
that anything that implies important consequences, whether beneficial or harmful, can trigger an
emotional reaction for the individual.
These emotional reactions, in turn, can trigger closely
cognitions and behaviors that are closely associated with the emotions.
In this sense, our
emotional state has the ability to influence our cognition, including our interpretation of stimuli
and information, as well as our behaviors. In extreme situations where we have “hot” stimuli and
situations, it may automatically trigger and activate a “hot” emotional reaction, which is
characterized by impulsivity, strong feeling states, and a bypassing of self-regulatory controls.
the cases where the hot emotional reaction contradicts with our commitments, stimulus control
may result as an automatic reaction.
These emotional reactions, whether hot or not, affect the
type of behavior we engage in, as well as the manner in which the behavior is instated.
suggested by a publication by Margaret Clark, feeling states influence our social behavior.
Margaret claims that “feeling states are important determinants of people’s impressions on their