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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior$
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David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190499037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190499037.001.0001

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Affective Dynamics in Temporal Self-Regulation Theory

Affective Dynamics in Temporal Self-Regulation Theory

Social Forces Meet Neurobiological Processes

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(p.115) 6 Affective Dynamics in Temporal Self-Regulation Theory
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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior
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Peter A. Hall

Geoffrey T. Fong

Cassandra J. Lowe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190499037.003.0006

Affective experiences are part of our everyday life, but do they influence health-related decisions and behaviors in a systematic way? Temporal self-regulation theory (TST) posits that health behaviors are a joint function of neurobiologically rooted executive control processes, prepotency, and intentions. The relative weights of these in turn depend largely on the ecological context in which the behaviors are being performed. On the surface, then, TST is a model of health behavior that relies predominantly on social-cognitive and neurocognitive constructs to explain health behavior trajectories. For this reason, it appears to not deal directly with the topic of affect in general, and emotion more specifically. However, there are several facets of the TST model that involve these processes, or are heavily influenced by them. This chapter discusses each of the primary points of intersection between affective processes and constructs within TST.

Keywords:   self-regulation, theory, TST, emotion, affect, brain

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