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Back to the Future: 25 Years of Research in Affect Control Theory

Advances in Group Processes

ISBN: 978-1-78441-078-0

ISSN: 0882-6145

Publication date: 1 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

To provide a comprehensive review of theoretical and research advances in affect control theory from 1988 to 2013 for academic and student researchers in social psychology.

Design/Methodology/Approach

Against the background of a concise history of affect control theory from its beginnings in the 1960s to its maturation in the late 1980s, a comprehensive review of research and publications in the last 25 years is reported in five sections: Theoretical Advances (e.g., self and institutions, nonverbal behavior, neuroscience, artificial intelligence); Technological Advances (e.g., electronic data collection, computer simulations, cultural surveys, equation refinement, small groups analysis); Cross-Cultural Research (archived data and published analyses); Empirical Tests of the Theory; and Substantive Applications (e.g., emotions, social and cultural change, occupations/work, politics, gender/ideology/subcultures, deviance, criminology, stereotyping, physiological behavior).

Findings

Reveals an impressive number of publications in this area, including over 120 articles and chapters and four major books, and a great deal of cross-cultural research, including European, Asian, and Middle-Asian cultures.

Research Limitation/Implications (if applicable)

Because of limitations of space, the review does not cover the large number of theses, dissertations, and research reports.

Originality/Value

No other review of affect control theory with this scope and detail exists.

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Citation

MacKinnon, N.J. and Robinson, D.T. (2014), "Back to the Future: 25 Years of Research in Affect Control Theory", Advances in Group Processes (Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 139-173. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0882-614520140000031003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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