ERIC Number: ED038680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Sensitivity Training on Identification of Emotional Meaning With and Without the Use of an Electronic Band-Pass Filter.
Cohan, Ronald D.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not sensitivity training increased perceptivity in recognizing the emotional meaning of others, and thus, increase accuracy in responding to an audio tape (Davitz Tape) on which nine different emotions are expressed within the content of an emotionally neutral or content free sentence. Two groups were administered the Davitz Tape. The experimental group had participated in sensitivity training, whereas the control group had not. First the tape was played through a band-pass filter so that the words were unintelligible, but most of the voice qualities were distinguishable. Following this, a tape without band-pass filtering and with a different item order was played. The subjects' tasks were to identify the emotional meaning expressed in each item on the tapes and to judge how "positive-negative" the affect of each item was on a seven step scale. Subjects in both groups significantly identified more vocally expressed meanings without band-pass filtering than with filtering. The experimental group showed a significant gain in terms of identifying negative emotional meanings with filtering. There were no significant differences between the experimental and control group subjects in terms of affective rating. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate School, CA.; American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970