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The Psychology of PassionA Dualistic Model$
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Robert J. Vallerand

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777600.001.0001

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Passion and Cognition

Passion and Cognition

(p.123) Chapter 6 Passion and Cognition
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews empirical evidence that reveals that the two types of passion (harmonious and obsessive) can affect cognitive functioning, with harmonious passion leading to the most adaptive outcomes and obsessive passion leading to the least adaptive ones. These findings were obtained in studies that examined a number of cognitive of processes, including attention, mindfulness, decision-making, rumination, and self-processes. Future research is needed to determine how social and personal factors may moderate these effects. Other research has also shown that passion can be accurately perceived in others, although such research is preliminary and has not focused on the distinction between harmoniously and obsessively passionate individuals.

Keywords:   passion, cognitions, attention, mindfulness, decision-making, rumination, self-processes

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