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Impact of Mood on Decision Making

Please provide an explanation of three possible reasons why the person in the media made his or her decision.

Be specific.

Explain two ways mood/emotion may have impacted this person's decision.

Describe one life or death situation and explain how mood/emotion could impact decision making in this situation.

Support your responses with specific references.

Some Resources you can use if you like.

Media: Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Social cognition and affect. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Handbook of Social Psychology, Chapter 9, "Emotion"

Article: Bruyneel, S. D., Dewitte, S., Franses, P. H., & Dekimpe, M. G. (2009). I felt low and my purse feels light: Depleting mood regulation attempts affect risk decision making. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 22(2), 153-170.

Article: Forgas, J. P., Laham, S. M., & Vargas, P. T. (2005). Mood effects on eyewitness memory: Affective influences on susceptibility to misinformation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41(6), 574-588..

Article: Moreland, R. L., & Zajonc, R. B. (1977). Is stimulus recognition a necessary condition for the occurrence of exposure effects? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35(4), 191-199.

Article: Zajonc, R. B. (1980). Feeling and thinking: Preferences need no inferences. American Psychologist, 35(2), 151-175.


Social Psychology Network. (2011). Retrieved from

Optional Resources

Article: Forgas, J. P., & Moylan, S. (1987). After the movies: Transient mood and social judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 13(4), 467-477.

Article: Penner, L. A., Dovidio, J. F., Piliavin, J. A., & Schroeder, D. A. (2005). Prosocial behavior: Multilevel perspectives. Annual Review of Psychology, 56(1), 365-392.

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In this particular task, you are being asked to review a particular media (a video, an image, an audio file) and reflect on how the individual there was affected by his/her mood. As you did not provide a link, I was unable to view the original file so as to provide key specifics to a particular situation. But based on the listed resources, I have made certain assumptions based on one of the key books by Fiske, et. al. As such, I have assumed a general stance. I suggest this simple outline:

1. On the media described - 100 words
2. Impact of mood and emotion on decision - 150 words
3. Life and death - 100 words

Emotions & Decisions

Emotions is the state of our 'inner selves' - emotions as social constructions for example posit that we associate how we feel to our experience of the stimuli and the appropriate physiological and responding action tendencies that we react to it with. Thus, when faced with dogs ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses impact of mood on decision making. Two ways mood/emotions have impacted decision making in the situations are provided.