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Positive EmotionIntegrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides$
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June Gruber and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926725

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926725.001.0001

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The Role of Positive Affect on Thinking and Decision-Making

The Role of Positive Affect on Thinking and Decision-Making

A Tribute to Alice Isen

(p.72) Chapter 5 The Role of Positive Affect on Thinking and Decision-Making
Positive Emotion

Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Margaret S. Clark

Anthony D. Ong

June Gruber

Oxford University Press

No book on positive emotion and cognition would be complete without the work of Alice Isen. This chapter is a special dedication to the memory of Dr. Alice Isen who was unable to complete this chapter aimed at providing a synthesis and review of the literature demonstrating that positive affect improves cognition and self-control, including a special note of the potential boundary conditions under which positive affect is beneficial. Rather than simply leaving this chapter out of the book, with the blessing of our publisher at Oxford University Press, we have invited two of her close colleagues to reflect on the impact that Dr. Isen had on their careers and on the field as a whole. Dr. Margaret Clark, who was one of Dr. Isen’s first mentees and Dr. Anthony Ong, who worked with Dr. Isen at Cornell more recently, have both contributed their reflections. We have placed these reflections in written memory of Dr. Isen in the same location in this volume as her chapter on positive affect and cognition would have been. We hope it will serve as a timeless placeholder and tribute to the science and inspiration she provided to so many.

Keywords:   Positive affect, cognition, self-control

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