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Introduction to Psychology 11th Edition

Introduction to Psychology (11th Edition)

Book Edition11th Edition
Author(s)Kalat
ISBN9781305271555
PublisherCengage Learning
SubjectPsychology
Section 12.2: A Survey of Emotions
Section 12.3: Stress, Health, and Coping
Chapter 12, Section 12.1, Review Questions , Exercise 1
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For which of these purposes are physiological measurements more helpful?

(a) Determining whether someone is angry or frightened

(b) Measuring the strength of someone's anger or fear

Explanation

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Answer

Determining if someone's angry or frightened would be more beneficial on the purpose of physiological measurements compared to measuring the strength of someone's anger. It is difficult to measure the strength of someone's anger or fear since it is somehow mainly subjective. On the other hand, it is easier to determine if someone's angry or feels any emotions since it will be physiologically evident and can be measured. An example of a way which you can determine if a person is really experiencing some certain feelings and emotions is through is by taking his vital signs. People who are feeling some strong emotions tend accelerate the heart rate due to sympathetic stimulation.

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