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Social motives, emotional feelings, and smiling

Jakobs, Esther, Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid and Fischer, Agneta H. 1999. Social motives, emotional feelings, and smiling. Cognition & Emotion 13 (4) , pp. 321-345. 10.1080/026999399379212

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Previous research has established that the facial displays of those who listen to stories are influenced by the social context in which this happens. H owever, experienced affect was not measured in these studies, and the story stimuli were not systematically manipulated. We report a study in which participants listened to stories that varied in rated funniness, and that were told by either a friend or a stranger via one of the following channels: Tape recorder, telephone, or face-to-face. D ependent measures included facial activity, subjective feelings, and social motives. We anticipated that facial displays would be influenced by story type and by social context, and that the former effects would be mediated by experienced affect, whereas the latter effects would be mediated by social motives. The funnier story elicited more smiling, but this was not mediated by experienced affect. Social context also influenced smiling, and this effect appeared to be mediated by social motives.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0269-9931
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:12

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