How emotion-cognition interactions drive affective bipolarity

  • Bruno R. Bocanegra Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands



Affective bipolarity is observed in a large group of people falling within the broad bipolar spectrum. Here, we propose a model of how emotion-cognition cycles drive affective bipolarity in the general case, and when these cycles may spiral into excessive forms. Our account specifies how emotion-cognition interactions produce two distinct epistemic modes: A behaviorally engaged, externally oriented mode of phenomenal exploration and a behaviorally disengaged, internally oriented mode of conceptual rumination. Affective bipolarity is viewed as a ubiquitous phenomenon underlying epistemic progress, which explains why mood fluctuations can be observed in many psychiatric disorders. The model explains why individuals with bipolar tendencies exhibit polar asymmetries in emotion, cognition and behavior, and are at risk for excessive affective bipolarity when their epistemic activities are guided by immutable and stable core beliefs.

Author Biography

Bruno R. Bocanegra, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Department of Psychology, Educational, and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Burg., Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands,

Phone: +31 (0)10 4088732

How to Cite
BOCANEGRA, Bruno R.. How emotion-cognition interactions drive affective bipolarity. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 5, may 2018. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 15 july 2024.

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