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affect

Psychol the emotion associated with an idea or set of ideas

Affect

 

an emotional state that is characterized by a turbulent and relatively short course (rage, anger, horror, and so forth). The manifestation of affect is linked with sharply expressed changes both in the autonomous motor sphere (inhibition or overexcitation and disorder in the coordination of movement) and in the sphere of vegetative reactions (change of pulse and breathing, spasms of the peripheral blood vessels, the appearance of so-called cold sweat, and so forth). Affect can disturb the normal course of the higher psychic processes of perception and thinking and can cause a decrease in consciousness or its loss. Under certain conditions, negative affect can be fixated in the memory in the form of so-called affective complexes. These traces of past affective states can become reactivated in the present under the influence of irritants associated with the situation that caused the affect. Another important peculiarity of affect is that with the repetition of a negative affect which is caused by the same factor or analogous factors, its manifestation can be reinforced (the phenomenon of “accumulation” of affect), sometimes creating the impression of pathological conduct. The presence of strong affective states in a person at the time when he commits an action is regarded by the law as a circumstance that decreases the degree of his responsibility for these actions.

A. N. LEONT’EV

affect

[′af‚ekt]
(psychology)
Conscious awareness of feelings; mood.
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Considering his subject matter - junkyards and strip mines, for example - Burtynsky's work is affectingly lyrical.
Some of these "missing" people and their histories were affectingly portrayed on another occasion during the forum, however, in Lamia Joreige's forty-minute video Un Voyage (A Journey), 2006, a multi-generational portrait of the women in the Lebanese artist's family, interwoven with photographs of her relatives in Jaffa, before their forced relocation in 1948.
Having said that, Larkin (by choice or disposition) never matches the fierce note that Amis strikes so affectingly in poems such as "Nothing to Fear" ("I seem to sense/ A different style of caller at my back/ As cold as ice, but just as set on me") and in his squalid portrait of the Welsh traveling salesman Dai Evans from "The Evans Country" sequence:
21) Only in the altarpieces does Duccio, over time, develop a convincingly proportioned infant Christ, while it is in the small-scale paintings that he explores most affectingly the intimate relation of mother and child, with the figures gazing at each other rather than at the viewer-worshipper.
And, most affectingly, cheerful young Kenyan refugee Philip got the chance of a career as an accountant in John's own firm.
Soprano Joanne Lunn, alto Amanda Pyke, tenor Joseph Cornwall and baritone Christopher Foster sang clearly and affectingly.
Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust are the novels in which his warnings are most profoundly and affectingly delivered, and their place in the American canon is assured.
For a reporter, Spinner is affectingly open: "The pace of covering the battle, of seeing the devastating injuries, of watching troops injured and killed, of watching insurgents blown to shreds, of seeing the city destroyed, of trying to capture all of it, exhausted me after weeks and weeks.
These include the scion of a local landowning family, Joe (Sam Worthington), whom she meets in the pub, (9) her co-worker Bianca (Holly Andrew), in the local 'server' and, most affectingly, with the woman (Lynette Curran) who runs the motel where Heidi stays.
The imagined sidereal calm contrasts affectingly with the turbulence of agitated suffering that has run through the poem.
No one in our time has written more perceptively, or more affectingly, about friends and friendship, an undertaking that tells you as much about Buckley as it does about his subjects.