View all articles in this issue
Are You Aware? Context Effects on Emotional Ratings
Download this article for $1.00 (FREE for Members)
by Jessica Rae Cabral, Connie Shears - Chapman University
Categories: Emotion | Cognitive
This study examined the effects of context on emotional ratings using standardized ratings to form 3 levels of images. Participants, shown only 1 level of context, rated each image using a Likert Scale. We proposed that if context effects influence emotional ratings, then ratings would differ by weighted stimulus contexts. Results indicated that context effects altered how participants rated images. However, when participants were informed to be aware of context effects, ratings were closer to standardized ratings. These results show that emotional responses are influenced by context and further, that awareness of context can overcome this influence.
Summer 2010 | Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Vol. 15, No. 2, p. 43), published by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology (Chattanooga, TN). Copyright, 2010, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. All rights reserved.