Schachter did study where participants were given an

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Schachter did study where participants were given an injection of adrenaline o Told half that it was adrenaline & that they would have increased heart rate and breathing rate o Told others that it was saline solution – they were not expecting physiological response This group was split into euphoria condition & angry condition Euphoria condition – people went into waiting room w/ “staged” person who was full of joy Trying to see if the person waiting would also feel euphoria Angry condition – many things were done to try to upset the people in this condition Included things like insulting questionnaire o People who weren’t expecting to feel emotional to label their emotions as either euphoria or anger o Only difference is context that makes them label their physiological response differently Negative and Positive Emotions Study predicted that more guys on the high suspension bridge would call the attractive researcher o People on a high suspension bridge are aroused & meet attractive researcher
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They attribute their arousal w/ beating heart and sweaty palm to the researcher and not the bridge o People on a low and stable bright – there is no high arousal level to attribute to anything o More guys on high suspension bridge did call compared to guys on low and stable bridge Sensation seeking – arousal associated w/ fear stimulus is repackaged & reappraised as highly thrilling o Sensation seeking increases from age 10 to 16 – peak period especially in boys o Arousal is usually thought of as a negative emotion but reappraised as positive & rewarding experience Positive psychology – focus on human flourishing and positive emotions o Psychology has historically been focused on negative emotions and ways to decrease them Wrap Up Moment-to-moment experiences of positive emotion are correlated o They aren’t correlated perfectly w/ the more global assessments Parents tend to be less happy then non-parents during the day, but they are more satisfied w/ their life o There is a disconnect btwn if you feel good right now versus if you feel good about life People who reflect on reasons why they feel grateful are more likely to increase feelings of global well-being o People who do the writing exercise often are more hopeful about future and have better well-being
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