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Cogn Emot. 2012;26(1):25-41. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2011.561564. Epub 2011 Jun 27.

Differential predictability of four dimensions of affect intensity.

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  • 1Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0086, USA. david.rubin@duke.edu


Individual differences in affect intensity are typically assessed with the Affect Intensity Measure (AIM). Previous factor analyses suggest that the AIM is comprised of four weakly correlated factors: Positive Affectivity, Negative Reactivity, Negative Intensity and Positive Intensity or Serenity. However, little data exist to show whether its four factors relate to other measures differently enough to preclude use of the total scale score. The present study replicated the four-factor solution and found that subscales derived from the four factors correlated differently with criterion variables that assess personality domains, affective dispositions, and cognitive patterns that are associated with emotional reactions. The results show that use of the total AIM score can obscure relationships between specific features of affect intensity and other variables and suggest that researchers should examine the individual AIM subscales.

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