On emotion-cognition integration: The effect of happy and sad mood on language comprehension

We comment on Pessoa’s idea that the interaction between emotion and cognition cannot be reduced to mutual interference. As an example that bolsters Pessoa’s position, we discuss the effects of happy and sad moods on discourse and sentence comprehension. We distinguish between the effects of moods elicited without participants’ knowledge (incidental) and moods elicited with participants’ contribution (constructed).

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