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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (4) : 653-663     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00653
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The Psychological Mechanism of Affective Adaptation: AREA Model
FAN Fuxia;LV Houchao
(School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
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Abstract  Affective adaptation is the psychological processes that cause an affective response to weaken after one or more exposures to a stimulus. In those theories that illustrate the psychology mechanism and procedure of affective adaptation, AREA model is the most influential theory. The AREA model holds that people attend to self-relevant, unexplained events, react emotionally to these events, explain or reach an understanding of the events, and thereby adapt to the events, then attend less and have weaker emotional reactions to them. Lots of empirical studies concerning negative events and positive events supported the AREA model. The development of this field needs to deeply investigate the variables that facilitate or impede affective adaptation, cross-cultural research, the precision of the temporal localization of the adaptation trajectory and happiness interventions.
Keywords subjective well-being      affective adaptation      the AREA model     
Corresponding Authors: LV Houchao   
Issue Date: 15 April 2013
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FAN Fuxia,LV Houchao. The Psychological Mechanism of Affective Adaptation: AREA Model[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(4): 653-663.
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