Measuring emotions in an intergroup context and beyond. Dr Roger Giner-Sorolla Department of Psychology. Presentation given at the Research Methods Festival, July 2008, Oxford, UK. Emotion research is interdisciplinary.
Dr Roger Giner-Sorolla
Department of Psychology
Presentation given at the Research Methods Festival, July 2008, Oxford, UK
What is an emotion?
Other cultures (e.g., Ifaluk, studied by Lutz) divide mental phenomena in different ways
Even across the Channel … “emotion” vs. “sentiment” not observed in English
Depends … lay or scientific definition?
Emotion • noun1 a strong feeling, such as joy or anger. 2 instinctive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.
Psychology: over 50 definitions of emotion …
has tail …
Emotion -> behaviour
(Lazarus; Scherer; Frijda’s action tendencies)
Motive -> Behaviour -> success/failure -> emotion
(Buck; Carver & Scheier)
Russell & Barrett’s model
Is everything else besides core affect just language?
Impossible to measure directly