Ch. 7-Emotions and Health

Ch. 7-Emotions and Health - Sympathetic Branch Emotions get...

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Sympathetic Branch Emotions get out of control. So to control emotions we do a light detection test also known as a polygraph. Notion is if you ask a person a question whether or not they killed someone, their heart rate goes up etc. and the polygraph measures those responses. Unfortunately, the polygraph doesn’t work. You are concerned about getting caught even if you didn’t do it. It is unreliable and invalid. The federal govt. still uses it even though they know it doesn’t work. Refusing to take the test makes the testers think your guilty. One way the polygraph can work Guilty knowledge test. Ask suspect things about the crime that no-one else would know. Only the guilty person would know for example how the person was killed. You will get more emo- tional when the testers reach the answer that you know is correct. If they consistently respond excitedly to certain answers, then you might have found your sus- pect. Dr. Holmes did an experiment with freshmen students involved a real crime. Students came into library and they were told they were given a test to measure their intellectual ability. They developed this test to see what people should give up in college after their freshmen year. The exam is really hard, impossible. They are struggling. 90% of people cheated on the test. They gave them a polygraph test to see if they were lying. A lot of them just came out and said they lied before they were even tested. The polygraph test was effective when they didn’t admit and the results actually did show who cheated and who didn’t. Sociocultural Factors in Emotions Emotions across cultures People who have not immigrated outside their culture still have the same facial expressions as we do. That is how we can tell how someone is feeling despite what culture they are in. Displays Across Culture In asian cultures, they are much less likely to display emotions. But when they are in the pres- ence of an adult, they will not express the emotions they are feeling. But in a western culture, people will express the emotions whether or not they are being observed. Gender and Emotions Women experience a much wider range of emotions. They also feel it with much more intens- ity. Boys tend to have emotions that are associated with outside figures like competence. Women feel internal things such as guilt etc. In a gender identity disorder, once people are put on the opposite hormones, they begin to get those emotions. Individual differences in emotions
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course PSYC 104 taught by Professor Reysen during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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