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Questions tagged [emotion]

For questions regarding the concepts (e.g., happy, sad, angry) that we use to describe the changes in cognition, behavior, and experience that occur in response to physiological and environmental stimuli.

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Examples for valence, arousal and dominance (Self Assessment Manikin)

I'm using the Self-Assessment Manikin to measure valence, arousal and dominance of participants. I would like to give some examples at the beginning of the study to participants so that they get a ...
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Do the emotions attributed with music has any biological significance?

Music changes our mood, some music makes us sad, some other makes us happy etc... What I am asking is, Is it just a cultural thing or that some kind of music has the inherent property to affect our ...
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Recognizing facial expressions

I seem to recall reading an article some number of years ago on a study or set of studies that examined the impact that a story has on the interpretation of facial expressions. Something along the ...
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Is there evidence for anger being a “secondary emotion”?

Some sources claim anger is in fact a "secondary emotion" that hides other emotions behind it. Is this anecdotal / up to interpretation, or is there a strong body of evidence to support this claim?
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Can drugs support emotional developement in personality disorders?

Some personality disorders are associated with a degree of emotional blindness or coldness with narcissistic PD being such an example. I wonder whether there are drugs that - in addition to ...
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Lovheim cube research

Is there any psychology research into the validity of the Lovheim cube of emotion? Aside from the original paper (Lovheim, 2012) and papers from computer sciences (the cube is being used for ...
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Talking about emotional experience

In a book 59 seconds (section "Creating the perfect diary"), Richard Wiseman cited Zech & Rimé (2005) - I had impression that he suggests that according to that study talking about traumatic ...
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Can you really have “excessive empathy”?

This question arose out of the question Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation whereby excessive empathy was considered to impair interpersonal relationships. My question is ...
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Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation

An article by Gunnar Bartsch of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, JMU started me on this line of inquiry. The original source is no longer available but has been reproduced at ScienceDaily (...
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Is there research on the effects of praise on the person giving the praise

I've seen a lot of research on the effects of praise on the person receiving the praise. I have not seen anything on the effects of praise on the person providing the praise. Does such research ...
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Can listening to sad songs lead to depression?

When we listen to a sad song, we may experience sadness ourselves. Can this sadness lead to depression?
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What makes words (entities) positive or negative?

I am conducting a lexicon study asking people to classify words as being positive, negative, or neutral. It seems to be a very natural ability for us to perform such classifications. The next step is ...
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Linguistic & cross-cultural perceptions of typography

I have moved this question over from ux.stackexchange in the hope that it is a better fit for this forum and will get a few answers There is a great deal of information that one can find on the web ...
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Why fear is the opposite of desire and not disgust?

Wikipedia page on desire has the following passage: A 2008 study by the University of Michigan indicated that, while humans experience desire and fear as psychological opposites, they share the ...
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What is the basis of the belief that modern psychology demonstrates that words themselves can be hurtful and verbal aggression should be wed out?

I'm sorry for the length of this question, but to ask it I'll need to refer to two concepts. Firstly, we see the escalating trend to weed out any and all examples of even very minor negativity or ...
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Nature vs. nurture in irritability?

For example, personally I'm quite irritable. It's not hard to irritate me and I swear either through an inner voice or whisper very often, but not out-loud. That does not happen very often. This is ...
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Does the subconscious mind communicate its analysis through emotions?

I'm reading this article by Marianne Cantwell, in the middle of the article, she quotes Jonah Lehrer's book How We Decide: “When a person is drawn to a specific item on the menu or a particular ...
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Emotional energy exchange between bodies?

I'm not sure on which platform to ask this question: Is it possible to exchange emotional energy between two bodies via acts of goodwill? Two examples of acts of goodwill are: Help someone with their ...
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What does “affect component” mean in this article on well-being?

Previous research lends support to the view that the negative affect component of well-being is strongly associated with neuroticism and that positive affect component has a similar association with ...
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How can one get rid of a subconsciously persistent belief? [closed]

How can someone get rid of a belief that he thinks is not true, but at the same time he still suffers guilt whenever he is not acting in accord with that belief? Here's an example that I made up to ...
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Why does “name it to tame it” work from an evolutionary psychology perspective?

There seems to exist a phenomenon where being aware of one's feelings gives us power over them. I have seen this in everyday life, but the strongest piece of evidence I've seen is from a talk by UCLA ...
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Are emotions local or purely global? Can there be two inconsistent emotions in different parts of the brain?

I am NOT asking whether people can experience two inconsistent emotions "at the same time". Clearly this can happen, e.g. when people have "mixed feelings" about something. What I'm interested in, is ...
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What are the personality correlates of moral outrage?

It seems surprisingly hard to pin down what moral outrage actually involves. It's easier to say what it isn't: However, moral outrage—anger at the violation of a moral standard—should be ...
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Why do views make you happy?

Why does having a nice view from your window make you happy? (As in people ask for a hotel room with a nice view). Could this be replicated by simply having a large TV screen showing a view? What ...
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Where is hatred born inside our brains?

I don't think anyone is born to hate. I believe people learn to hate by the direct effect of the environment. I want to know where exactly inside one's brain this hatred emerges and affects a person?...
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Is there any neuroscience research on the emotion of feeling nothing?

When people entering anechoic chambers, logically there is a sensation of silence because relatively speaking, the sound levels are much lower compared to some normal baseline Likewise, when there is ...
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How to ask in a survey for emotional vs. rational personality

In a survey I would like to find out the correlation between different factors based on the personal dimension "being more emotional vs. rational". Are there any known studies with items that could be ...
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Is there a model for designing a tracklist to get the most engaged reaction from a crowd at a rock concert?

At a recent rock concert, I noticed that the "headliner" is almost always preceded by several bands whose job it is to "warm up the crowd," and that during those "opener acts," the crowd does indeed ...
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What emotion/sensory feeling is this?

The facial expression is: 2C+6+12+24A (Facial Action Coding System) I can't find out what expression and emotion this represents. Also if anybody knows a site which lists more than the universal ...
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Can you get sad by sniffing onions, just like you can get happy by forcing yourself to smile?

I've read about a study where they found that people who were forced to keep a smile-like face were reportedly happier than those who were forced to stay in a frown-like a face. Similarly, could ...
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Is there a “base set” of feelings used to classify images?

In an app I am creating I am profiling user behavior in a multitude of different ways. One of the techniques I would like to use is track the imagery they interact with to get a handle on their ...
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Mapping concrete emotions to the PAD model

I'm in the middle of researching emotional models. I've come across the PANA model and there are nice mappings out there of emotional words to various points on the PANA plane—the "Mood Meter", for ...
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What are examples of stimuli that we know cause a grief or sadness reaction in humans?

I am looking for examples of stimuli that has been shown to cause sadness in humans in a controlled environment as opposed to the neurological basis or evolutionary reason for sadness
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What does science say about feeling appreciated/loved/valued?

I believe firmly that people who feel appreciated/loved/valued will (generally) experience all kinds of benefits for themselves and the people around them. Think about: Being more healthy Experience ...
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Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?

In the question How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?, one answer says that it was the high level of cortisol that ...
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Most successful techniques to cope with emotional aversiveness when faced with tasks outside comfort zone?

According to state-of-the-art Psychology research, what are the most successful techniques to cope with / overcome the emotional aversiveness experienced when one is faced with tasks outside one's ...
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Are there universal facial expressions for asking questions? [closed]

"Dog." "Dog!" "Dog?" We know the first is a statement. The second a warning maybe. And the third a question. Like facial expressions for emotions. Are there universal human facial expressions or ...
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Do major historic events have a lasting impact on humankind's objective happiness?

In his book "Sapiens - a Brief History of Humankind", Harari argues that the biochemistry of "happiness" in any person can only move within bounds, dictated by genetics. He also argues that happiness ...
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Is there any disease that prevents a person from being angry?

Is there any disease that prevents a person from being angry? As a reference, the resection of the amygdala reduces feelings of fear. web links ABC news on damage to the amygdala reducing fear ...
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Are emotions needed to make decisions?

Oprah.com says: It turns out, though, that for most people there is no such thing as a purely rational self. Decision making is intrinsically linked to our emotions, so much so that when a person ...
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Is there a difference in time based goals and achievement goals?

Suppose I want to practice my calculus. Has a study been conducted which shows a difference between setting a goal like: 'I will study calculus for one hour' and 'I will study chapter 3 from my ...
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What would be the Term for this Character Trait?

This might be the wrong place or way to ask this question but I'll give it a shot. It could be more related to literature but it does deal with a form of character or personality. In Nathaniel ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

I read an article on Reactive Attachment Disorder. Here's what I know so far Reactive means to react in response to something. Action = reaction. Attachment is the act of bonding or connecting with ...
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What determines inebriated personality?

I've studied that alcohol impairs the functioning of the limbic system, slows functioning of the prefrontal cortex, which alters judgement and reason, and damages neurons leading to memory failure, ...
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What exactly does paranoid mean in terms of psychoactive drugs?

When I went to my local marijuana dispensory, since recreational use of it is legal, they told me that when I first use it, I might get paranoid. When I read this word in context, I imagined somebody ...
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How to implement an incidental processing task without a fMRI-compatible response box?

Background I'm planning an event-related fMRI-experiment to investigate the difference in processing natural and computer-generated facial emotion expressions. My supervisor and I are discussing ...
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How does this experiment prove a causal relation between coherence and good feelings?

I'm reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and I came across the following text: The Remote Association Test has more to tell us about the link between cognitive ease and positive ...
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Can you give an example of automatic appraisal process?

I was reading this slide provided by my prof. of Affective Neuroscience. I've read that appraisal is considered a constitutive component of emotion by most of the actual theories. Appraisal is defined ...
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How do different emotional intensity ratings within a condition influence the comparison across different conditions in an event-related fMRI task?

I'm planning an event-related fMRI-experiment to investigate the difference in processing natural and computer-generated expressions. For this, we recorded videos of 4 different actors posing fearful ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

It is fairly common knowledge that smiles are contagious is this also true when people are exposed to ascii/emoji smiles? ie. :) , ☺ , By contagious I mean making a person feel happier and more ...