Emotion Review 8 (2):115-128 (2016)

Emerging demonstrations of the malleability of distance perception in affective situations require an organizing structure. These effects can be predicted by approach and avoidance orientation. Approach reduces perceptions of distance; avoidance exaggerates perceptions of distance. Moreover, hedonic valence, motivational intensity, and perceiver arousal cannot alone serve as organizing principles. Organizing the literature based on approach and avoidance can reconcile seeming inconsistent effects in the literature, and offers these motives as psychological mechanisms by which affective situations predict perceptions of distance. Moreover, this perspective complements functional models of perception claiming perceptions of distance serve adaptive responding, and in so doing suggests why perceptions of distance respond to affective situations. This review contributes to the building of a broader theory of motivated distance perception.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1754073915586225
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,417
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

An Argument for Basic Emotions.Paul Ekman - 1992 - Cognition and Emotion 6 (3-4):169-200.

View all 26 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Integrating Neuroscience and Phenomenology in the Study of Consciousness.Ralph D. Ellis - 1999 - Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 30 (1):18-47.
Factors in the Recovery From Approach-Avoidance Conflict.Mitchell M. Berkun - 1957 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 54 (1):65.


Added to PP index

Total views
26 ( #420,474 of 2,449,137 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #441,480 of 2,449,137 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes