Is what you feel what you don't know?

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Moore, Simon Christopher ; Oaksford, Michael (2000)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1017/S0140525X00422429
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    mesheuropmc: psychological phenomena and processes

Rolls defines emotion as innate reward and punishment. This could not explain our results showing that people learn faster in a negative mood. We argue that what people know about their world affects their emotional state. Negative emotion signals a failure to predict negative reward and hence prompts learning to resolve the ignorance. Thus what you don't know affects how you feel.
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