Distinctions between emotion and mood

Beedie, Christopher and Terry, Peter and Lane, Andrew (2005) Distinctions between emotion and mood. Cognition and Emotion, 19 (6). pp. 847-878. ISSN 0269-9931


Most academics agree that emotions and moods are related but distinct phenomena. The present study assessed emotion-mood distinctions among a non-academic population and compared these views with distinctions proposed in the literature. Content analysis of responses from 106 participants identified 16 themes, with cause (65 percent of respondents), duration (40 percent), control (25 percent), experience (15 percent) and consequences (14 percent) the most frequently cited distinctions. Among 65 contributions to the academic literature, eight themes were proposed, with duration (62 percent of authors), intentionality (41 percent), cause (31 percent), consequences (31 percent) and function (18 percent) the most frequently cited. When the eight themes cited by both academics and non-academics were rank ordered, approximately 60 percent overlap in opinion was evident. A data-derived summary of emotion-mood distinctions is provided. These data should prove useful to investigators interested in developing a clearer scientific distinction between emotion and mood than is currently available.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:21
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 02:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotions; moods; qualitative research; cognition; personality; social psychology
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220312 Philosophy of Cognition
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520406 Sensory processes, perception and performance
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500312 Philosophy of cognition
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520105 Psychological methodology, design and analysis
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699930541000057
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/432

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