What is interesting? Exploring the appraisal structure of interest.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Paul Silvia, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Although the idea that thoughts cause feelings has a long history, systematic research on appraisals and emotions is relatively recent (Schorr, 2001). Modern appraisal theories have made important gains in psychology's understanding of emotion (Ellsworth & Scherer, 2003). According to Scherer (2001b), "As far as one can see, there is, at present, no viable alternative to an appraisal (in the broad sense of the word) explanation for the general prediction of the elicitation and differentiation of emotions" (pp. 389, 390). In light of the success of appraisal theories, it is worth applying appraisal concepts to emotions that have not yet been examined from an appraisal perspective. The present research thus analyzes interest—an emotion associated with curiosity, exploration, and information seeking (Fredrickson, 1998; Izard & Ackerman, 2000; Silvia, in press; Tomkins, 1962)—from an appraisal perspective.

Additional Information

Emotion, 5, 89-102.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Appraisals, Appraisal theories, interest, emotion, psychology

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