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Isen, a researcher at Cornell University, questions that most people believe that emotion can affect “their decisions and thought processes, at least under certain circumstances,” however, it must be strong feelings that can have such effects. Isen argues that “common positive feelings are fundamentally included in cognitive organization and processing.” Isen discusses about having positive emotions affect “cognitive organization,” such as memory process, which enhances creativity and flexibility of the brain. Isen cites her previous studies that motivations produced by positive affects “promotes helpfulness, generosity/responsibility, and friendliness/sociability.” Also, while a person does the decision making or problem-solving, that person
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