Action, Affect, Multitasking, and Layers of Control

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Abstract or Description

This chapter describes aspects of the view we hold on the self-regulation of action and affect. It begins with the idea that two layers of feedback processes manage two different aspects of behavior, operating together, allowing people to juggle multiple tasks and conserve resources. In this way, multiple, simultaneous motivations are transformed into a stream of actions shifting repeatedly from one goal to another.


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Psychology of Self-Regulation: Cognitive, Affective, and Motivational Processes; Edited by Joseph P. Forgas, Roy F. Baumeister, Dianne M. Tice, 109-126.