Recognizing Emotion: Day 3
Inverted U graph
Extra Credit- That diagram with the upside down u?- Arousal on the x axis,
performance on the y axis. Optimal stress levels- if you figure out the name of this,
one extra point on exam. Certain level of arousal that is great for optimal
performance, but once it hits asymptope, not. To be a little anxious is good. Want to
be moderately aroused.
The commonsense view of what is an emotion
Event>>>Emotion >>>>>>feeling, face, voice, physio (heart and stuff), action (punch)
What’s the idea behind these? Ekman- universal view.
The point is that they’re all highly
correlated. When angry you make that face, voice changes, arousal changes, this is the
idea behind emotions. Is that always right?-
NO!!! NOT NECESSARILY HIGH
CORRELATIONS AMONG THESE DIFFERENT THINGS.
The idea behind the topic today is that can’t always rely on the face. Bashing
everything we’ve been talking about so far.
-Coordinated set of responses (above)
-Behaviors can be decoded (you are skilled and able and willing to look at a
face and say, that’s interest because that person is leaning toward me and looks
-Decoding is innate (
We’re born with this ability, just like how you’re born with
some kind of IQ, born with some kind of ability to decode and read faces, etc.)
Responses are not
If an emotion produces changes in face, voice, ANS . See a bear and run,
and say, oh my god I am running, my heart is racing, I am afraid.
Interpreting physiological can be misattributed, though. Like flirting.
If we rely on our physiological arousal to tell us how we’re feeling, we
might be wrong. (Rickety bridge, playboy study- misattribution)
Shacter and Singer’s theory- can’t always get what you want
Behaviors are not always easily decoded
-Different expressions are associated with the same subjecti ve state
-Gender may strongly influence this – how?
-social acceptability, (like boys can’t cry is society, so they
code sadness differently. Or frustrated girl cries, guy gets angry. He won’t start
crying b/c he doesn’t want to show that emotion) (This is really complicated shit,
girls don’t want to appear aggressive)
-The same expression is associated with different subjective states