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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (2): 331-341.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00331

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Conflict schemas moderate the effects of emotions on interpersonal relations

WANG Pei1,2; LIU Yonghe1; TAN Chenhao1; LI Yu1,3; WANG Zixin1; BAI Yonghai4   

  1. (1 Department of Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China) (2 School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China) (3 Department of Psychology, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China) (4 Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, Shanghai 200003, China)
  • Received:2015-02-28 Online:2017-02-15 Published:2017-02-15
  • Contact: WANG Pei, E-mail: BAI Yonghai, E-mail:


By affective reactions and inferential processes, emotions have a pivotal effect on individual behaviors in interpersonal conflicts. Theinterpersonal effects of emotions are moderated by conflict schemas in two aspects. Firstly, conflict schemas affect inferential processes of emotions by adjusting the attention resources. Secondly, by moderating individual’s cognitive motivation and perceptions of contextual interdependence, conflict schemas play a role inthe relative predictive power of inferential processes and affective reactions. Further we need to explore various potential emotional effects and strengthen the investigations rooted in Chinese background.

Key words: interpersonal conflicts, interpersonal effects of emotions, conflict schemas, affective reactions, inferential processes