Dissimulation in the communication of emotion
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
The purpose of the present studies was to examine the impact of dissimulation of emotional expression on the intensity of emotion and subjective emotional experience. In further analysis the degree of subjects' success in expression and subjects' awareness of their expression were also considered. The data were collected both in the period of watching brief emotional stimulus films, and during talking afterwards. After each film clip subjects reported the kind of emotions they experienced, along with a rating of emotional intensity, as well as their believed degree of success in expressing the requested emotion at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of watching the film clip, and afterwards during conversation, in a free-format questionnaire. 197 male and female university students aged 18-23 served as interviewers and subjects in the four studies conducted.