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How Emotions Impact Cognition

UX Daily – User Experience Daily | Two information-processing systems determine the human emotional response: the affective and cognitive processing systems. The affective system operates outside of conscious thought and is reactive, in that a series of psychophysiological events are initiated automatically following the receipt of sensory information. In contrast, the cognitive processing system is conscious and involves analysis of sensory information to influence and even counteract the affective system. Affects (i.e. things that induce some change to the affective system) are divided into positive and negative groups. Positive affect has the potential to improve creative thinking, while negative affect narrows thinking an…

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