The Research on Emotion Research Paper by Nicky

An exploration of the methodological advances in research on emotions.
# 151340 | 3,582 words | 14 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 01, 2012 in Psychology (Social)

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This paper explores the methodological limitations in earlier research on emotions, how these methodological changes have changed over time and how more recent methodological approaches have helped address some of these concerns. The paper also examines the ways numerous other methodological improvements might be made to improve the study further, and how the notion of "strong inference" contributed to the research methodology on the emotions. The paper finds that the study of emotions has great potential for improving health.


From the Paper:

"In the book, Encyclopedia of health and behavior, Volume 2 of Encyclopedia of Health &Behavior, Norman B. Anderson (2004) concurs with Hurley (2007) regarding the past perceptions of emotion. Anderson points out that currently: "Conceptualizations articulated in scientific literature have varied widely, but emotions are generally thought to comprise subjective feelings, reflecting appraisals (i.e. cognition) regarding a stimulus, and accompanied by behavioral impulses and neurobiological alterations that prepare the body for action" (Anderson, p. 301). Contemporary researcher purports that emotions include closely related affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological processes. The majority of theoretical perspectives additionally agree that all emotions, no matter if they are "positive" or "negative," prove to be adaptive whereas as they provide a function in communication.
"Emotions signal a homeostatic imbalance, or need, to the individual, and they also provide information to others in the social environment. Hence, fear signals a threat and encourages actions that would allow illusion of danger. Anger provides an indication to others that the displayer may behave in an aggressive manner. Notwithstanding their intrinsic adaptive value, emotions have the potential to become harmful when they are inappropriate to the situation, or excessive in frequency, strength, and duration (Anderson, 2004, p. 301)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, N.B. (2004). Encyclopedia of health and behavior. Volume 2 of Encyclopedia of Health & Behavior. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Berry, J. W. (2002). Cross-cultural psychology: research and applications. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cohen, A.S., Minor; K.S., Najolia, G.M., & Hong. S.L. A laboratory-based procedure for measuring emotional expression from natural speech. Behavior Research Methods. Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Hurley, E.A. (2007). Working passions: Emotions and creative engagement with value. The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Retrieved October 21, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Kirby, J.S. & Baucom, D.H. (2007). Treating emotion dysregulation in a couples context: A pilot study of a couples skills group intervention. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. The American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Retrieved October 22, 2009 from HighBeam Research:

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