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"Affect" is as an action or verb, affect means to change, and usually refers to an emotion or symptom. Affected, when used in a description, refers to fake or intentionally assumed behavior (a changed behavior), i.e., an affected accent. Affect can refer to facial expression or demeanor.
As a noun, "affect" may refer to an emotion or to a psychological/psychiatric state (see below). As an adjective, it may refer to an assumed pretense: "Her affected accent really had an effect on me"; "Her affected* accent really affected* my view of her". (* Notice that both uses of Affected* are actions).
Affect may refer to:
- Affect (philosophy)
- Affect (psychology)
- Affect (linguistics), the grammar of expressing affect
- Affective computing, an area of research in computer science aiming to understand the emotional state of users
- Affekt, a German term often used in musical and other aesthetic theory
- Doctrine of the affections, an important theory in the aesthetics of music
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