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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By which neuronal mechanisms does music make us happy or sad?

There are brain regions (X) that show stronger activation for joyful music, regions (Y) that show stronger activation for sad music, and regions (Z) that show similar activation for both. Assuming ...
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(Ekmans' Atlas of Emotions) What meaning (if any) can be deduced from the geometry of the "mountain" depicting a given emotion?

I have recently discovered that the Atlas of Emotions may be a useful tool in a research project I am working on. While lovely to look at, the Atlas seems to lack any description of the data encoded ...
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Are there any methodological challenges to study real-time social interactions?

If the emotion of fear (for example) has evolved so that humans can react in an adapted way to danger, why would we be afraid in a laboratory setting, and would this fear be similar to that we ...
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Can sport be used as a counselling tool to help one deal with negative life events?

I found studies on how leisure activities can positively affect well-being, e.g. stress reduction. My question is more specific as I want to research how participation in sport can help one deal with ...
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Are emotions a function of muscle contractions? If so, how does the map look like?

I hope this is the right (or rightest) place to ask this question, I wasn't sure whether this question is more appropriate for cogsci or biology. After all, it does concern the biology of emotions. ...
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Why does handwriting change?

In New York magazine it is stated: [I]t’s strange that your handwriting changes over time; scientifically speaking, there’s no reason it should. At a certain point, you’ve learned all there is to ...
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Definition of valence, arousal and dominance

According to Russel's core affect framework an affective state can be decomposed into valence, arousal and dominance. How would you define these three terms (e.g. when looking at pictures)? I would ...
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Can we identify specific emotions on the basis of fMRI scans?

I am looking for fMRI studies in which the emotional response of a person listening to music is visible in the fMRI scans, paralleled by a retrospective think aloud report of the person describing his/...
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Which is the actual scientific position on the expression of human emotions?

According with Darwin's “Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals”: specific emotional states seek to appear on each human being - even on blind people - , with no differences of cultures. ...
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Is it possible for a human to feel no emotion? [duplicate]

I have heard that there are some people who don't feel emotions. Is that really true? Is it really possible for someone to feel no emotions?
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Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn Effect?

The Flynn Effect is a well-known phenomenon whereby Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test scores among the general public seem to rise over time. Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn ...
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Is a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ) pathological?

A sufficiently low cognitive intelligence is generally considered in society to be inherently pathological, or at least very nearly so. In fact, until recently, a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (...
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What causes passion, psychologically and chemically, and how does it last? [closed]

I recently finished reading "Habits of a happy brain", which discusses the role of oxytocin, serotonin, endorphin, dopamine, and cortisol in seeking behavior. The book argues that we evolved to ...
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How is compassion "derailed" into self-pity [closed]

Following up on my previous question on the possible benefit of self-pity, I would like to understand the process which is responsible to create self-pity. As @AliceD pointed out self-pity could very ...
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Is there a (evolutionary) purpose of self-pity?

I stumbled across the quote from Charlie Munger; Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought, self-pity gets pretty close to paranoia, and paranoia ...
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What is the difference between flow and cannabis induced high?

I am doing research on flow. So far I found out that flow is a short-term positive peak experience, but not a persistent state of mind. I wonder, what is the difference between flow and cannabis ...
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Pleasure can be implicated in a chemical reaction in the brain, but does this really affect the intensity of the feeling?

It is true that many, if not all feelings of our mind like euphoria, dysphoria, pleasure, sadness et cetera are linked to a chemical reaction in our brain. This reaction is essentially what causes us ...
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List of nonverbal expressions of primary and secondary emotions

I'm currently looking for reliable scientific sources that might help me with rating emotions in video-material. Ideally a comprehensive list of facial-/postural expressions of primary and secondary ...
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Reading / Math task for evoking affective states

I plan to measure affective states with bio-sensors. For the affective states I will use engagement, confusion, boredom and frustration. For the bio-sensors I will use ECG and skin conductance. I ...
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Family happiness Vs Career happiness

Common knowledge accepts that there are two conflicting types of happiness, one attained through a good family and a second one attained through a successful career. These paths of happiness, since ...
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What is the difference between emotions, intuition and affect?

From what I know, intuition is affect-based. But how do they differ?
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Is there a standardised questionnaire measuring tendency to think emotionally versus logically?

I want to conduct a research on the effect of emotions on decision. It is about the role of affective and cognitive processes in making a decision. I want to know if an individual relies more on ...
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Calculation of d'prime in forced choice experiment

I am working on psychtoolbox and in my experiment I have given two images containing two roads (one is shortcut and other is longer way). In one image, the longest way is safe and in the other the ...
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In which way emotional "interference" affect the brain / the behaviour? [closed]

Think of two different scenarios. In both scenarios the subject is looking at emotional images, but in the first one emotional stimuli "interfere" with the behaviour, while in the second one ...
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What does "access consciousness" mean? [closed]

These emotional interventions, which allow contact to be selected faster by the attention mechanism for broadcasting by access consciousness, also allow the various aforementioned CELTS' learning ...
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Resources/studies on physically describing emotion?

I am wondering if there is an effort to described certain basic and perhaps more complicated emotions through the processes that occur in the brain. For example, when people get angry, certain ...
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What qualitative studies are there into mindfulness? [closed]

What qualitative studies, e.g. open ended interviews, are there into mindfulness therapy? I've been skeptical about its use, wondered if it was kinda faddy. But it occurs to me that a lot of despair ...
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Denial against truth [duplicate]

I do not wish to be controversial but this is the only place I feel I can ask the question. This question was asked on the history site but I am now trying to understand the psychological cause and ...
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What is the term for two mutually exclusive, contrasting emotions

I am a psychology student and I vaguely recall a term being used to describe two emotions that cannot be expressed simultaneously. The example was fear and relaxation in terms of Systematic ...
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What is inter-rater agreement for Laban Movement Analysis?

Annotation of datasets, such as those used in action [1] and emotion recognition [2], using Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is usually done by Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA). How much consensus ...
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People with dead nerves cell, can they feel pain/emotions?

Exactly what the title said, can they feel love/sad/hurt/disgust/fear/etc, emotions, after their neurons are dead? Also are there specific nerves for each emotion that transmits emotion? So let's say ...
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Measuring emotion [closed]

I'm doing a quasi-experiment for an assignment, and the dependent variable is emotional response. FMRI is not a feasible option, so is there another good and reliable way to measure emotion without ...
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Are psychologists more immune to psychological problems?

Does knowledge of a psychological problem prevent (or enable one to better defend) the development of psychological issues? For example, if a person has studied about depression and is familiar with ...
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Length of neuro-physiological signals of emotion compared to feeling time

In "Determinants of Emotion Duration and Underlying Psychological and Neural Mechanisms" by Verduyn et al. discuss how certain physiological signals are outlasted by actual feelings: In particular, ...
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Relation between disposition personality in emotional response

In "Determinants of Emotion Duration and Underlying Psychological and Neural Mechanisms" by Verduyn et al, the authors discuss various dispositions that account for how long an emotional effect lasts: ...
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How to generate networks for dynamic emotion modelling

In Figure 1 (shown below) of "Micro-Level Affect Dynamics in Psychopathology Viewed From Complex Dynamical System Theory" by Wichers et al, they claim that the emotional/affective dynamics of networks ...
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Subjective experience of emotional buildup

Subjectively, some emotions have a sudden onset, while others build up slowly. For example, a text message from a loved one can quickly fill you with joy. Alternatively, frustration/annoyance at being ...
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Effect of time on emotion self-perception

When I participated in the study that led to "A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind" I answered questions on my phone that insisted that I answer as soon as I got the notification. This made me assume ...
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Negative emotions in individuals spreading to others

I am aware of the effect of positive emotions on others, but I am wondering about negative emotions. I am not talking about insults leading to negative emotions. I am talking about emotions like ...
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How to induce procrastination in an online experiment?

I am designing an experiment to evaluate potential interventions for reducing procrastination. I am hence looking for one or more tasks to induce procrastination in an online experiment with ...
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Is fear of darker skinned people a shared psychological maladaptation brought on by subconscious childhood Achluophobia?

Let me be clear that my intentions here are peaceful in light of recent race relation issues in the United States; I want to bring this issue to the forefront, because fear of dark skinned people is ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that receiving angry emails increases stress levels?

There are plenty of helpful descriptions of how to avoid angry emails. The reasoning is largely that it doesn't solve the problem. That is, sending an email whilst angry causes more problems for you ...
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Emotions and reflexes - difference

It seems to be the obvious for many psychologists, but on what grounds emotions are considered to be different than reflexes?
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Cognitive dissonance and interpreting unplesant situations as having a good effect

I took a sociology class that I didn't agree very much with. One thing we discussed was why people who go through hazing (e.g. Jean-François Caudron joining a hokey team) often report feeling closer ...
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Difference in hemispheres when processing of somatosensory information

We know from many studies (see e.g. Taylor, 2009 for an empirical and experiential overview) that processing of information is massively heterogeneous with respect to hemisphere. How does this ...
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Questionnaire that measures participants emotion at the time of completion of the questionnaire [closed]

Could anyone help with finding a questionnaire that measures participants emotion at the time of completion of the questionnaire about the effect on memory recall in eyewitness testimony?
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What is the difference between affect and feeling?

What exactly is the difference between affect and feeling? Affect seems to refer to conscious experience: Affect is the experience of feeling or emotion. And confusingly, so does feeling: In ...
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Are there reliable ways to distinguish anger from fear, be it through body, mind, internally, externally?

I've read about some of the differences, but they may be opinions not supported by best scientific evidence. I think the limbic system, in particular amygdala and hippocampus would be activated in ...
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How beneficial is attending a funeral in the process of grieving and why?

Is there any established literature that indicates that attending a funeral aids in the grieving process? I would like to know if funerals pay a critical role in the grieving process and what makes ...
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Open-source software for analyzing Electrodermal activity

Electrodermal activity (EDA) is a measure of the sympathetic activity, typically caused by stress or an emotional state. Analysis not a straightforward process like analysing reaction times. It ...
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