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Discussion 1 – Week 9








Impact of Mood on Decision Making

The awareness of moods and emotions provides you information about your individual circumstance and about your interactions with others. This information, in turn, helps you make decisions and judgments. For example, if you were in a bad mood, you might make a global judgment regarding life satisfaction. If you were in a good mood, you might decide to sky dive from an airplane because you were feeling elated and excited to try something new. Moods and emotions greatly impact your decision-making process, and it is important to understand this connection.

For this Discussion, review the media titled Social Cognition and Affect, and consider why the person in the video made the decisions he or she did and what impact moods and emotions may have had on his or her decisions.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief explanation of three possible reasons why the person in the media made his or her decision. Be specific. Then, explain two ways mood/emotion may have impacted this person’s decision. Finally, describe one life or death situation and explain how mood/emotion could impact decision making in this situation.


















Learning Resources

Course Media

  • Media: Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Social cognition and affect. Baltimore, MD: Author.

    (Click on the television screen once the video opens in a new window. “The Company” will appear on the television image.) Note: While the content within this media piece references Week 10, it is intended for Week 9 in this course.


  • Course Text: Handbook of Social Psychology
  • Article: Bruyneel, S. D., Dewitte, S., Franses, P. H., & Dekimpe, M. G. (2009). I felt low and my
  • purse feels light: Depleting mood regulation attempts affect risk decision making. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 22(2), 153–170. Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Business Source Complete database.
  • Article: Forgas, J. P., Laham, S. M., & Vargas, P. T. (2005). Mood effects on eyewitness memory: Affective influences on susceptibility to misinformation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41(6), 574–588. Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycINFO database.
  • Article: Moreland, R. L., & Zajonc, R. B. (1977). Is stimulus recognition a necessary condition for the occurrence of exposure effects? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35(4), 191–199. Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycARTICLES database.
  • Article: Zajonc, R. B. (1980). Feeling and thinking: Preferences need no inferences. American Psychologist, 35(2), 151–175. Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycARTICLES database.

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