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Mood moderates the effect of aesthetic appeal on performance.

Reppa, I., McDougall, S., Sonderegger, A. and Schmidt, W.C., 2021. Mood moderates the effect of aesthetic appeal on performance. Cognition and Emotion, 35 (1), 15-29.

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DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2020.1800446


Aesthetically appealing stimuli can improve performance in demanding target localisation tasks compared to unappealing stimuli. Two search-and-localisation experiments were carried out to examine the possible underlying mechanism mediating the effects of appeal on performance. Participants (N = 95) were put in a positive or negative mood prior to carrying out a visual target localisation task with appealing and unappealing targets. In both experiments, positive mood initially led to faster localisation of appealing compared to unappealing stimuli, while an advantage for appealing over unappealing stimuli emerged over time in negative mood participants. The findings are compatible with the idea that appealing stimuli may be inherently rewarding, with aesthetic appeal overcoming the detrimental effects of negative mood on performance.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aesthetic appeal; counter-regulation; icons; mood; performance; reward; Adolescent; Adult; Affect; Beauty; Esthetics; Female; Humans; Male; Reaction Time; Task Performance and Analysis; Young Adult
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37490
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:12 Sep 2022 11:21
Last Modified:12 Sep 2022 11:22


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