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Is there less to social anxiety than meets the eye? : emotion experience, expression, and bodily responding

Mauss, Iris B. and Wilhelm, Frank H. and Gross, James. (2004) Is there less to social anxiety than meets the eye? : emotion experience, expression, and bodily responding. Cognition & emotion, 18 (5). pp. 631-662.

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Abstract

Emotions are widely held to involve changes in experiential, behavioral, and physiological systems. It is not clear, however, just how tightly coupled these changes are during emotional responding. To examine this issue, we induced social anxiety in 47 high trait social anxiety (HTSA) and 50 low trait social anxiety (LTSA) participants using an impromptu speech paradigm. We assessed anxiety experience, behavior, perceived physiological activation, and actual physiological activation. HTSA participants felt more anxious, perceived greater physiological activation, and exhibited more anxiety behavior than LTSA participants. Unexpectedly, the two groups did not differ in objectively measured physiological responding. Internal analyses indicated that for both HTSA and LTSA participants, anxiety experience was associated with perceived physiological activation, but not with actual physiological responding. These results suggest that anxiety experience and perceived physiological activation may be less tightly coupled with actual physiological responses than is typically thought.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Abteilung Klinische Psychologie und Psychiatrie
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Psychophysiologie (Wilhelm)
UniBasel Contributors:Wilhelm, Frank H
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Lawrence Erlbaum
ISSN:0269-9931
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:44

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