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A contrast effect in judgments of own emotional state

Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid, Wagner, Hugh L. and MacDonald, Christopher J. 1983. A contrast effect in judgments of own emotional state. Motivation and Emotion 7 (3) , pp. 279-290. 10.1007/BF00991678

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Subjects rated their emotional responses to scenes from two contrasting types of audiovisual material (comedy and horror), the order or presentation being either comedy-horror or horror-comedy. Feelings of pleasantness and relaxation, together with ratings of the funniness of comedy scenes, were enhanced when subjects viewed the comedy scenes having previously viewed the horror scenes. Similarly, horror scenes were rated as more frightening and induced more unpleasant feelings when subjects had previously viewed the comedy scenes. This contrast effect in emotional response is discussed in relation to other studies of the effects of emotion on judgments. A number of theoretical approaches are considered in attempting to explain the findings.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0146-7239
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:47

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