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Karen S. Quigley & Lisa Feldman Barrett

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Chapter 15: Emotional Learning and Mechanisms of Intentional Psychological Change

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Emotional Learning and Mechanisms of Intentional Psychological Change
Emotional learning and mechanisms of intentional psychological change
Karen S.Quigley
Lisa FeldmanBarrett

Appraisal theory is currently one of the most influential psychological theories of emotion (Parkinson, 1997). According to most versions of appraisal theory, emotional experience stems from an evaluative interaction between person and environment. An individual evaluates or appraises the qualities of an object, person, or event and an emotional experience results. Lazarus (1968, 1991, 1993; Lazarus & Folkman, 1984) has presented a comprehensive appraisal theory of emotion based on a central tenet: One must consider both environmental presses and attempts to cope with those presses to understand fully the nature and intensity of emotional experience. Primary appraisal refers to the individual's evaluation of whether a situation has relevance ...

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