Stimmung als Information: Zum Einfluß von Stimmungen und Emotionen auf evaluative Urteile

Discusses the influence of affective states on evaluative judgments. Research indicates that the evaluator's mood at the time of judgment formulation has an information function. Individuals required to form complex evaluative judgments can simplify their task by consulting their own affective reaction to the stimulus. It appears that the information provided by the evaluator's affective state is only used when relevant to the judgment to be made. Findings are incompatible with the hypothesis that mood effects on evaluative judgments are mediated by mood-congruent recall. (English abstract) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)