Nature of Emotions 10 26 09

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Nature of Emotions 10 26 09 Causal sequence o External cause > perception > body changes > perceptions of body changes > labeling (I am afraid because of this dangerous snake) Prediction o If emotions are states of arousal that have been labeled as being caused by some external event, then one could misidentify the source of one’s body changes One can mislabel one’s emotions The insulting questionnaire experiment o Subjects are randomly injected with adrenaline (heightened autonomic responses) of with a placebo o 4 conditions Knowledge condition: subjects are told to expect the physiological effects Ignorance condition: subjects are not told anything Anger condition: subjects are asked to fill out a questionnaire Increasingly offensive “With how many men (other than your father) has your mother had extramarital relationship?” o A false subject expresses increasing anger Euphoria condition: no questionnaire A false subject makes paper airplane
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course HPS 0625 taught by Professor Macheray during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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