ERIC Number: EJ1126779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Specificity of Emotion Inferences as a Function of Emotional Contextual Support
Gillioz, Christelle; Gygax, Pascal M.
Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, v54 n1 p1-18 2017
Research on emotion inferences has shown that readers include a representation of the main character's emotional state in their mental representations of the text. We examined the specificity of emotion representations as a function of the emotion content of short narratives, in terms of the quantity and quality of emotion components included in the narratives, based on the GRID instrument (Fontaine, Scherer, Roesch, & Ellsworth, 2007; Fontaine, Scherer, & Soriano, 2013; Scherer, 2005). In a self-paced reading task, target sentences that only moderately matched the emotional context were read faster than target sentences that strongly matched the emotional context of the narratives. In a "makes sense" judgment task, we showed that this result was not driven by a mapping difficulty, and in a memory task, we provided some evidence that these effects reflected integration processes. We suggest that readers can integrate specific emotions into their mental representations, but only if provided with the appropriate emotional contextual support.
Descriptors: Inferences, Emotional Response, Task Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Sentences, Cognitive Mapping, Memory, Decision Making, Reading Comprehension, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Reading Rate, Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland
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