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The rise of affectivism

Research over the past decades has demonstrated the explanatory power of emotions, feelings, motivations, moods, and other affective processes when trying to understand and predict how we think and behave. In this consensus article, we ask: has the increasingly recognized impact of affective phenomena ushered in a new era, the era of affectivism?

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Fig. 1: The scope and increasing impact of the affective sciences.


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The manuscript was written primarily by D.D. and D. Sander after taking into account the inputs and rounds of comments from the other co-authors (K.A., R.A., M.E.A., A.B., K.C.B., S.B., T.B., J.J.C., Z.C., F.C., W.A.C., A.D., H.D., J. D’Arms, J.W.D., B.d.G., J. Deonna, R.d.S., P.E., P.C.E., E.F., A. Fischer, A. Foolen., U.F., D.G., J.G., L.G., P.G., J.J.G., E.H., A.K., D. Keltner, B.K., D. Konstan, M.E.K., J.E.L.D., J.S.L., R.W.L., G.L., A.S.R.M., T.A.M., A.M., P.N., B.P., I.P., C.P., S.D.P., G.P., B.R.-R., J.A.R., D. Sauter, A.S., K.R.S., P.S., J.E.S., C.T., F.T., J. Tsai, J. Turner, C.V.R., P.V., and T.W.). I.P. and M.E.A. prepared Fig. 1b–g. Except for D.D. and D. Sander, the authorship list is in alphabetical order.

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Dukes, D., Abrams, K., Adolphs, R. et al. The rise of affectivism. Nat Hum Behav 5, 816–820 (2021).

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