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      A neuropsychological theory of positive affect and its influence on cognition.

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      Psychological Review

      American Psychological Association (APA)

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          Positive affect systematically influences performance on many cognitive tasks. A new neuropsychological theory is proposed that accounts for many of these effects by assuming that positive affect is associated with increased brain dopamine levels. The theory predicts or accounts for influences of positive affect on olfaction, the consolidation of long-term (i.e., episodic) memories, working memory, and creative problem solving. For example, the theory assumes that creative problem solving is improved, in part, because increased dopamine release in the anterior cingulate improves cognitive flexibility and facilitates the selection of cognitive perspective.

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          Journal
          Psychological Review
          Psychological Review
          American Psychological Association (APA)
          1939-1471
          0033-295X
          1999
          1999
          : 106
          : 3
          : 529-550
          Article
          10.1037/0033-295X.106.3.529
          10467897
          © 1999

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