Scientific article

What determines a feeling's position in affective space? A case for appraisal

Published inCognition and Emotion, vol. 20, no. 1, p. 92-113
Publication date2006

The location of verbally reported feelings in a three-dimensional affective space is determined by the results of appraisal processes that elicit the respective states. One group of participants rated their evaluation of 59 pictures from the Interna- tional Affective Picture System (IAPS) on a profile of nine appraisal criteria. Another group rated their affective reactions to the same pictures on the classic dimensions of affective meaning (valence, arousal, potency). The ratings on the affect dimensions correlate differentially with specific appraisal ratings. These results can be interpreted as showing that the reactions to the IAPS pictures are predictably produced through appraisal of picture content. The relevance of the findings for emotion induction paradigms and for emotion theory in general is discussed.

  • Affective space
  • Appraisal
  • Emotion dimensions
  • SCAS
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SCHERER, Klaus R., DAN GLAUSER, Elise, FLYKT, Anders. What determines a feeling’s position in affective space? A case for appraisal. In: Cognition and Emotion, 2006, vol. 20, n° 1, p. 92–113. doi: 10.1080/02699930500305016
ISSN of the journal0269-9931

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