When used as a descriptor or adjective, affect means to change, and usually refers to an emotion or symptom. Affected, when used in a description, refers to fake or intentionally assumed behaviour (a changed behaviour), i.e., an affected accent. Affect can refer to facial expression or demeanor.

In general, to affect refers to the influence a change has on something else. In this sense, it is often confused with to effect, which generally means either "to cause/make/create a change" or to the result of a change. When used as a verb, "effect" refers to the cause of a change, or as a synonym for "created" or "made" ("The governor effected a change in policy"); while "affect" refers to the consequences of that change ("The new policy really affected our family").

As a noun, "affect" may refer to an emotion or to a psychological/psychiatric state (see below). As an adjective, it may refer to an assumed pretense: "Her affected accent really had an effect on me"; "Her affected accent really affected my view of her".

Affect may refer to:

  • Affect (philosophy)
  • Affect (psychology)
    • Blunted affect or affective flattening, a reduction in emotional reactivity.
    • Labile affect, the unstable display of emotion.
    • Affect display, signs of emotion, such as facial expression, vocalization, and posture
    • Affective science, the scientific study of emotion
  • Affect (linguistics), the grammar of expressing affect
  • Affective computing, an area of research in computer science aiming to simulate emotional processes.
  • Affekt, a German term often used in musical and other aesthetic theory
    • Doctrine of the affections, an important theory in the aesthetics of music

Other articles related to "affect, affects":

Clinical Applications - Affect Consciousness As A Predictor of Psychopathology
... the Global Affect Consciousness scores (overall mean of all aspect-scores across affects) are strongly correlated with all the relevant measures of ... Affect integration (operationalized through Affect Consciousness constructs and measured with the ACI and ACS) at different levels are stable correlates of psychopathology and psychological ...
Affect Measures
... These are referred to as Measures of Affect or Measures of Emotion ... A frequently used measure is the Positive Affect Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) ...
Counterfactual Thinking - Psychological Processes Behind Goal-Directed Actions - Affect-motivated
... According to Epstude and Roese (2008), individuals experience affect when there is a discrepancy between outcome and salient ideal alternative outcome ... When they experience negative affect such as guilt and anger, they will attempt to minimize discrepancy in order to avoid negative mood ...
Convergent Thinking - Convergent Vs. Divergent Thinking - Mood
... evidence suggesting that emotions can affect underlying cognitive processes, recent approaches have also explored the opposite, that cognitive processes can also affect one's mood ... The results demonstrate that carrying out a task requiring creative thinking does have an affect on one's mood ...
Script Theory
... script theory as a further development of his Affect theory, which regards human beings' emotional responses to stimuli as falling into categories called "affects" he noticed that the purely biological ... as a sequence of events linked by the affects triggered during the experience of those events ... that inform our behaviour in an effort to maximize positive affect and to minimize negative affect ...

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