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1 375.10 Emotions and Personality Emotions • Feelings, moods, affects that are • “Characteristic” of the individual and Part of individual’s awareness More specifically: • Distinct subjective states • Accompanied by body changes • Accompanied by distinct “action tendencies” • Consider one in detail and depth, then move to larger issues of classification and relevance to personality
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2 Consider Anxiety Distinct subjective state : angst nervousness apprehensiveness Bodily changes : heart rate increases sweaty palms narrowed vision faint Distinct action tendencies : run faint Measuring Anxiety • Self-reports • Behavior observation • Experimental manipulation… a word test and two volunteers: a timer and a participant Nature of measurement • Experimental: word content affects central task as measured by • Speed of response, NOT self-report • Can argue that what is being measured is “distraction” rather than anxiety, implication being • Different measures may reflect different aspects of anxiety
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