Handbook of Affect and Social Cognition

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Affect and Cognitive Appraisal Processes
Craig A. Smith
Department of Psychology and Human Development,
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Leslie D. Kirby
Department of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Appraisal Theory: Its Purpose and Major Assumptions77
Structural Models of Appraisal80
Toward a Process Model of Appraisal84
Appraisal Theory, Affect, and Social Cognition89
References90

Address for correspondence: Craig A. Smith, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Box 512 Peabody, Nashville, TN 37203, USA. Email: craig.a.smith@vanderbilt.edu

What does affect, or emotion, have to do with social cognition? If cognition is concerned with how people think, and social cognition concerns how people think about themselves and other people, what role is there for an analysis of how people feel? In the mid-1930s, the answer would have been, “Not much.” In the wake of conflict theories of emotion (e.g., Angier, 1927; Claparède, 1928; Darrow, 1935; Young, 1936), which held emotion to be a disorganized and disorganizing response to difficult circumstances,

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