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Psy 321Chapt. 6 & Lecture Notes (9/22/16)

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These notes include relevent information from chapter six and the lecture from Thursday September 22nd. These notes will help you in preparation for Exam 2.
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Marilyn Mendolia
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Date Created: 09/25/16
Psy 321 Exam 2 Notes Emotion and Effect Chpt. 6  Emotion: a full-blown, conscious state that is clearly linked to some event o A reaction to something that is known by the person having the emotion  Mood: a feeling state that is NOT clearly linked to some event. o Person, doesn’t know why they feel a certain way  Affect: the automatic response that something is good (positive affect) or bad (negative affect) o Positive affect – all good emotions o Negative affect – all bad emotions o Affective reactions can occur without being fully conscious  Conscious Emotion vs. Automatic Affect o The duplex mind has two dimensions that need to be distinguished:  Conscious emotion – felt as a powerful, single feeling state  Emotion  Automatic effect – a quick response of liking or disliking towards something  Affect  Conscious is to unconscious as emotion is to affect  Mary is upset that she didn’t get the job she wanted. What term most accurately describes what she is feeling? Emotion Emotional Arousal o Arousal: a physiological response that occurs within the body (faster heartbeat, heavier breathing) linked to most conscious emotions. o Theories of Emotion:  Charles Darwin Theory of Emotion Emotions evolved and were adapted over time to help us survive Darwin proposed that expressions look a certain way because they help us deal with pressures in some way. It was refuted because these emotions were not universal across all cultures Paul Ekman: o Identified 6 basic emotions o Showed these photos to people all over the world and no matter the culture, they were able to interpret the facial expressions as indicating the same emotional state o Of all the cultures involved in the study, Papa New Guinea had were the lowest when it came to recognizing the facial expressions of other western civilizations  This might have been due to display rules: when you restrict certain facial expressions depending the current circumstance your are in  William James Theory of Emotion William James Theory linking the mental and physical aspects of emotion The feeling of emotion is a direct result of the bodily reaction Expressive Behavior  Physiological Arousal  Instrumental Action You hear footstepsheart rate increases Fear Problem with this theory was that the body’s response was similar for different emotions (some people cry when they are sad and happy)  Lead to the facial feedback hypothesis: facial expressions can evoke or magnify emotions because the brain reacts to what the facial muscles are doing Test: Inhibiting and Facilitating Conditions of the Human Smile: A nonobtrusive test of the facial feedback hypothesis o Participants hold a pen either between their teeth (face resembles smile) or between their lips (face resembles frown) while they rate cartoons. o Participants with pen between their teeth rated the cartoons as funnier than participants with the pen between their teeth o Conclusion: If you put on a happy face, you will enjoy external events more  Lange’s Theory of Emotion: Emotional stimulus  Physiological Arousal  Experienced Emotion More focused on the physiological arousal  Hohmann’s Spinal Patients: Patients with spinal injuries are asked about their emotional experience since the injury occurred The higher the injury along the spinal cord, the greater the decrease in emotional experiences Patients emotional reactivity to a stimulus was higher in men with lumbar injury than cervical injury  Schachter-Singer Theory of Emotion Stanley Schachter and Jerome Singer The idea that emotion has two components: a bodily state of arousal and a cognitive label that specifies the emotion o Physical arousal is similar in all emotions o Cognitive Label is different for each emotion Emotional stimulus Produces physiological arousal & Cognitive labelExperienced Emotion Sometimes arousal may arise for one reason but get another label, and thus produce a different reaction o Excitation transfer: arousal from the first event transfers to the second event  Study 1: Schachter & Singer Participants told that researchers were studying the “effects of vitamins on visual skills” Participants injected with either adrenaline stimulant or saline placebo and exposed to confederates in joyous or angry emotional states Strongest emotional reactions found among people who had both received the stimulant and been told that the injection would have no side effects  Study 2: Best-known demonstration of mislabeling arousal Participants cross either a scary bridge that arouses fear or a safe “control” bridge that arouses no fear and then are approached by an attractive woman who offers her phone number Participants on scary bridge mislabeled their fear-based arousal as attraction to the woman and were more likely to call her than the men on the safe bridge who were not aroused Fear can be converted into love  Cannon’s Theory of Emotion: The brain is central to emotion An emotional stimulus activates the hypothalamus Once activated we experience 2 things: o A subjective experience of emotion (experienced emotion) o And Physiological Experience of emotion (arousal) Video: We Don’t Feel the Same Way Jeanie Tsai Explores cultural differences in the expression of emotion People from western cultures may be more emotionally expressive than people from eastern cultures Culture shapes how we think, feel, and behave but has minimal influence on the way we experience an emotional response (increased heart rate, sweating, etc.) Study: Cultural Attachment may influence emotional responding o Circles placed on subjects faces allow researchers to more clearly see their muscle movements during emotion o Sensors are attached to measure pulse, sweating and respiration levels o Subjects are then asked to re-live a range of emotions (happiness, sadness, disgust) o Measurements show that bodies respond to emotions in a similar way across cultures o Facial expressions/reactions were different  European Americans smile more frequently than Hmong Americans when reliving happy emotions in their lives 6-3: Important Emotions  5 Important Emotions: Happiness, Anger, Guilt, Shame, & Disgust o Happiness  One measure of happiness is affect balance: the frequency of positive emotions minus the frequency of negative emotions  Life satisfaction: most complex form of happiness; an evaluation of how one’s life is generally and how it compares to some standard  Broad time span  The Hedonic Treadmill: people stay at the same level of happiness regardless of what happen to them  Like being on the treadmill, you make take big steps forward in life but ultimately end up in the same place  Does not work very well when life gets worse  Happiness lies more in outlook and personality rather than in objective circumstances  Strongest predictor of happiness is how happy the person had been 10 years before  Happiness remains the same across time because it is rooted in one’s outlook and approach to life  Subjective predictors of happiness (how you feel about something) are stronger than objective predictors (the something)


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