Emotions as Social Information (EASI) Model
The premise of this perspective is that, just as mood provides information to the self, emotional expressions provide information to observers, which may influence their behavior. The EASI model extends this notion by identifying two processes through which observers’ behavior may be influenced: inferential processes and affective reactions.
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