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Finding a balance : modulatory effects of positive affect on attentional and cognitive control

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Positive affect has been linked to increased flexibility in disparate domains, however, conclusions across these domains are still missing. In this review, we focus on flexibility studied in the context of cognitive control and attention, where striking similarities are observed. Positive affect increases flexibility and broadens attention at the cost of stability or goal maintenance. Importantly, these effects are associated with low levels of approach motivation, whereas when approach motivation is high, goal maintenance and narrowed attention is enhanced. Accordingly, this review suggests that effects of positive affect on cognition could be domain general, but they depend on levels of approach motivation. More research is needed to assess if they could be extrapolated to other aspects of cognition.
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MOOD, HAPPY, FLEXIBILITY, EMOTIONS, SCOPE, STABILITY, BROADEN

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Paul, Katharina, et al. “Finding a Balance : Modulatory Effects of Positive Affect on Attentional and  Cognitive Control.” CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, vol. 39, 2021, pp. 136–41, doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.03.002.
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Paul, K., Pourtois, G., van Steenbergen, H., Gable, P., & Dreisbach, G. (2021). Finding a balance : modulatory effects of positive affect on attentional and  cognitive control. CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 39, 136–141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.03.002
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Paul, Katharina, Gilles Pourtois, Henk van Steenbergen, Philip Gable, and Gesine Dreisbach. 2021. “Finding a Balance : Modulatory Effects of Positive Affect on Attentional and  Cognitive Control.” CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 39: 136–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.03.002.
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Paul, Katharina, Gilles Pourtois, Henk van Steenbergen, Philip Gable, and Gesine Dreisbach. 2021. “Finding a Balance : Modulatory Effects of Positive Affect on Attentional and  Cognitive Control.” CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 39: 136–141. doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.03.002.
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Paul K, Pourtois G, van Steenbergen H, Gable P, Dreisbach G. Finding a balance : modulatory effects of positive affect on attentional and  cognitive control. CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. 2021;39:136–41.
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K. Paul, G. Pourtois, H. van Steenbergen, P. Gable, and G. Dreisbach, “Finding a balance : modulatory effects of positive affect on attentional and  cognitive control,” CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, vol. 39, pp. 136–141, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{Positive affect has been linked to increased flexibility in disparate domains, however, conclusions across these domains are still missing. In this review, we focus on flexibility studied in the context of cognitive control and attention, where striking similarities are observed. Positive affect increases flexibility and broadens attention at the cost of stability or goal maintenance. Importantly, these effects are associated with low levels of approach motivation, whereas when approach motivation is high, goal maintenance and narrowed attention is enhanced. Accordingly, this review suggests that effects of positive affect on cognition could be domain general, but they depend on levels of approach motivation. More research is needed to assess if they could be extrapolated to other aspects of cognition.}},
  author       = {{Paul, Katharina and Pourtois, Gilles and van Steenbergen, Henk and Gable, Philip and Dreisbach, Gesine}},
  issn         = {{2352-1546}},
  journal      = {{CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES}},
  keywords     = {{MOOD,HAPPY,FLEXIBILITY,EMOTIONS,SCOPE,STABILITY,BROADEN}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{136--141}},
  title        = {{Finding a balance : modulatory effects of positive affect on attentional and  cognitive control}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.03.002}},
  volume       = {{39}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}

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