Differentiating Between Simple and Complex Emotions: It’S a Matter of Abstractness

Loraine Lau-Gesk, University of California, Irvine, USA
Joan Meyers-Levy , University of Minnesota, USA
Jesse R. Catlin, University of California, Irvine, USA
Three studies demonstrate that emotions can vary in their construal level, ranging from fairly high-level abstract emotions to low-level concrete ones, and uncover process insights. Relational- (vs. item-specific) processing appears to underlie abstract (vs. concrete) emotions and their association with higher (vs. lower) construal levels. These findings are discussed in light of recent work on complex emotions.
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Loraine Lau-Gesk, Joan Meyers-Levy , and Jesse R. Catlin (2011) ,"Differentiating Between Simple and Complex Emotions: It’S a Matter of Abstractness", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 38, eds. Darren W. Dahl, Gita V. Johar, and Stijn M.J. van Osselaer, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research.