Why do people choose to surround themselves with possessions? An explanation has been offered by D. A. Norman (2004) in terms of the stimulation of 3 levels of psychological processing that map onto an object's appearance, its usability, and its ability to evoke reflective processing, including emotion. Two experiments were carried out to investigate participants' choices among valued objects, and found that affective factors (including links to current and past, euphoric and dysphoric emotio...Expand abstract
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Affect and alexithymia determine choice among valued objects.
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