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FRUCTUOSO MARTINEZ, Luis; ZEELENBERG, Marcel  and  RIJSMAN, John B.. Why valence is not enough in the study of emotions: behavioral differences between regret and disappointment. Psicologia [online]. 2008, vol.22, n.2, pp.109-121. ISSN 0874-2049.

This paper reflects on the role of emotions in decision-making. The authors stress the limitations of a valence (“positivity” versus “negativity”) based approach. Emotions and their experiential content are synthetically exposed. Research has shown that even closely related emotions - such as regret and disappointment -, whether anticipated or experienced, have differential influences on the behavior of decision makers. This favours emotion-specific research in decision-making context, i.e., the pragmatic “feeling-is-for-doing” approach. We believe the emotional system is the primary motivational system for goal-directed behavior.

Keywords : emotions; decision-making; valence; regret; disappointment.

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