ERIC Number: ED447522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Emotional Contagion in the Classroom: An Examination of How Teacher and Student Emotions Are Related.
Mottet, Timothy P.; Beebe, Steven A.
The purpose of this study was to examine emotional contagion in the classroom. The theory of emotional contagion predicts that people automatically mimic and synchronize expressions, vocalizations, postures, and movements with others and consequently converge emotionally as a result of the activation and/or feedback from such mimicry (Hatfield, Cacioppo, & Rapson, 1992). Subjects were 465 students enrolled in an introductory communications course at a university in the southwestern United States. It was hypothesized that (1) teacher and student nonverbal behaviors in the classroom will be related; (2) as students' nonverbal behaviors increase, so will their emotional response; and (3) student and teacher emotional responses will be related. All three hypotheses were supported. Providing additional support for the theory was the fact that students' nonverbal behaviors were more predictive of their emotional response than their teachers' nonverbal behaviors. (Contains 51 references, and 4 tables and a figure of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (86th, Seattle, WA, November 9-12, 2000).