05 January, 2013
From the Oxford English Dictionary
5b. Psychol.(and Psychiatry) A feeling or subjective experience accompanying a thought or action or occurring in response to a stimulus; an emotion, a mood. In later use also (usu. as a mass noun): the outward display of emotion or mood, as manifested by facial expression, posture, gestures, tone of voice, etc.
I suppose the attack may have had the effect of affecting the boys' affect, but perhaps I am being too kind.
Maybe I'm getting old, but this kind of illiteracy in supposedly professional journalists effects considerable disappointment.