Affective Influences on Social Cognition and Behaviour - Scientia Professor Joe Forgas

What is this research about?

This research program investigates the influence of everyday affective states on the way people perceive, interpret, remember, form judgments and behave in social situations.

Most of the studies involve controlled laboratory experiments, but field studied in natural environments are also conducted. Results indicate that fluctuating affective states significantly influence both the content, and the process of dealing with social situations. For example, several studies found that mild negative mood states can often improve perception and performance when more detailed and attentive processing of the information is required.

The research has both theoretical and applied implications.  

Other researchers working on this project:

Diana Matovic (PhD student)
Liz Goldenberg (PhD student)

Publications relating to this research:

For a full list of publications relating to this research, please view Scientia Professor Joe Forgas' UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Lab:

Scientia Professor Joe Forgas