Situated cognition and the wisdom in feelings: Cognitive tuning

This chapter addresses the influence of moods, emotions, bodily sensations, and environmental cues on individuals' spontaneously adopted reasoning styles. A growing body of literature suggests that emotionally intelligent persons may have a tacit understanding of some of these processes and may deliberately manage their moods to facilitate task performance. The author proposes that affective cues provide information about the benign or problematic nature of certain situations. Thought processes, in turn, are tuned to meet these situational requirements, which is highly adaptive. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)