chapter  6
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Affect Nature of A ffect

Although the list of person-contributed factors that influence the attribution process (e.g., focus of attention) has grown, the literature is relatively silent regarding affective experience as a po­ tential determinant of causal attribution. This is particularly strik­ ing in light of evidence that: (1) there is some agreement regarding the nature of affect; (2) affect is a ubiquitous component of cogni­ tions; and (3) affect has been shown to influence basic cognitive processes such as memory and perception.