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Emotion Chapter 11. Emotion Defining Emotion Elements of Emotion 1: The Body Elements of Emotion 2: The Mind Elements of Emotion 3: The Culture Putting.

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1 Emotion Chapter 11

2 Emotion Defining Emotion Elements of Emotion 1: The Body Elements of Emotion 2: The Mind Elements of Emotion 3: The Culture Putting the Elements together: Emotion and Gender

3 Emotion A state of arousal involving facial and body changes, brain activation, cognitive appraisals, subjective feelings, and tendencies toward action, all shaped by cultural rules.

4 Elements of Emotion 1: The Body Primary and secondary emotions The face of emotion The brain and emotion Hormones and emotion Detecting emotions: Does the body lie?

5 Elements of Emotion 1: The Body Primary emotions Emotions considered to be universal and biologically based. They generally include fear, anger, sadness, joy, surprise, disgust, and contempt. Secondary emotion Emotions that develop with cognitive maturity and vary across individuals and cultures. Three biological areas of emotion are facial expressions, brain regions and circuits, and autonomic nervous system.

6 Universal Expressions of Emotion Facial expressions for primary emotions are universal. Even members of remote cultures can recognize facial expressions in people who are foreign to them. Facial feedback Process by which the facial muscles send messages to the brain about the basic emotion being expressed. Infants are able to read parental expressions. Facial expression can generate same expressions in others, creating mood contagion.

7 The Face of Anger Anger is universally recognized by geometric patterns on the face. In each pair, the left form seems angrier than the right form.

8 Facial Expressions in Social Context Across and within cultures, agreement often varies on which emotion a particular facial expression is revealing. People don’t usually express their emotion in facial expressions unless others are around. Facial expressions convey different meanings depending on their circumstances. People often use facial expressions to lie about their feelings as well as to express them.

9 The Brain and Emotion The amygdala Responsible for assessing threat. Damage to the amygdala results in abnormality to process fear. Left prefrontal cortex Involved in motivation to approach others. Damage to this area results in loss of joy. Right prefrontal cortex Involved in withdrawal and escape. Damage to the area results in excessive mania and euphoria.

10 Hormones and Emotion When experiencing an intense emotion, 2 hormones are released. Epinephrine Norepinephrine Results in increased alertness and arousal. At high levels, it can create the sensation of being out of control emotionally.

11 The Autonomic Nervous System

12 Detecting Emotions: Does the Body Lie? Polygraph testing relies on a utonomic nervous system arousal. Typical measures: Galvanic Skin Response Pulse, blood pressure Breathing Fidgeting

13 Polygraph Tests Empirical support is weak and conflicting. Test is inadmissible in most courts. It is illegal to use for most job screening. Many government agencies continue to use for screening.

14 Elements of Emotion 2: The Mind How thoughts create emotions The two factor theory of emotion. Attributions and emotions. Cognitions and emotional complexity

15 Two-factor Theory of Emotion Physiological arousal Sweaty palms Increased heart rate rapid breathing Cognitive Label Attribute source of arousal to a cause To have an emotion, both factors are required

16 Attributions and Emotions Perceptions and attributions are involved in emotions. How one reacts to an event depends on how he or she explains it. For example, how one reacts to being ignored or winning the silver instead of the gold medal. Philosophy of life is also influential.

17 Cognitions and Emotional Complexity Cognitions, and therefore, emotions, become more complex as a child’s cerebral cortex matures. Self-conscious emotions, such as shame and guilt, do not occur until after infancy, due to the emergence of a sense of self and others. People can learn how their thinking affects their emotions and can change their thinking accordingly.

18 Elements of Emotion 3: The Culture Culture and emotional variation The rules of emotional regulation Display rules Body language Emotion work

19 Culture and Emotional Variation Culture determines what people feel angry, sad, lonely, happy, ashamed or disgusted about. Some cultures have words for specific emotions unknown to other cultures. Ex. Schadenfreude Some cultures don’t have words for emotions that seem universal to others. Tahitian and sadness Differences in secondary emotions appear to be reflected in differences in languages.

20 The Rules of Emotional Regulation Display Rules When, where, and how emotions are to be expressed or when they should be squelched. Body Language The nonverbal signals of body movement, posture and gaze that people constantly express. Emotion Work Acting out an emotion we do not feel or trying to create the right emotion for the occasion.

21 Putting it all together: Emotion and Gender Physiology and intensity Sensitivity to other people’s emotions Cognitions Expressiveness Factors which affect expressiveness Emotion work

22 Putting the Elements Together: Emotion and Gender Physiology and intensity Women recall emotional events more intensely and vividly than do men. Men experience emotional events more intensely than do women. Conflict is physiologically more upsetting for men than women.

23 Possible reasons for differences in physiology and intensity. Males autonomic nervous system is more reactive than females. Men are more likely to rehearse angry thoughts which maintains anger. Women are more likely to ruminate which maintains depression.

24 Sensitivity to Other People’s Emotions Factors which influence one’s ability to “read” emotional signals: The sex of the sender and receiver. How well the sender and receiver know each other. How expressive the sender is. Who has the power. Stereotypes and expectations.

25 Cognitions Men and women appear to differ in the types of every day events that provoke their anger. Women become angry over issues related to their partners disregard. Men become angry over damage to property or problems with strangers.

26 Expressiveness In North America women: Smile more than men. Gaze at listeners more. Have more emotionally expressive faces. Use more expressive body movements. Touch others more. Acknowledge weakness and emotions more. Compared to women, men only express anger to strangers more.

27 Factors Influencing Emotional Expressiveness Gender roles Cultural norms The specific situation

28 Emotion Work and Gender Women work hard at appearing warm, happy and making sure others are happy. Men work hard at persuading others they are stern, aggressive and unemotional. Why? Gender roles and status.


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