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Article: Volume 37 Number 10 Page 700 - December 2010

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  Dent Update 2010; 37: 700-705

Miscellaneous:  Dental Decisions – An Emotional Experience?

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Abstract: This article discusses the psychological literature on emotion, highlighting the effect of emotion on decision-making. This is applied to the example of dentistry.

Author notes: Ilona Johnson, BDS, MFDS, RCPS MPH, Clinical Lecturer and Hon Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health, Ivor Chestnutt, BDS, MPH, PhD, FDS(DPH) RCSEd, FDS RCPS, FDS RCS(Eng), DDPH RCS, FFPH, Professor and Hon Consultant in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University and Andrew Smith, BSc, PhD, CPsychol, FRSM, Professor of Psychology, Director of Centre for Occupational and H

Objective: To understand the relevance of emotion in the everyday decisions of both dentists and patients.