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Psychophysiological response patterns to positive and negative film stimuli.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2021681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the present study was to investigate differential emotional response patterns to film stimuli by multimodal assessment of mood ratings, perception of bodily sensations, salivary cortisol, autonomic variables and facial electromyogram (EMG). Film stimuli, chosen to elicit positive and negative emotional states, were presented to 12 subjects with general anxiety disorder and 12 controls. Changes in mood, bodily sensations, autonomic activity (heart rate, respiration rate and skin conductance), facial EMG activity (corrugator and zygomatic muscle region) and salivary cortisol were measured. Analyses revealed differential changes in all response systems except for respiration rate and salivary cortisol. Although high-anxious subjects did not differ from controls in their average responses to the negative film stimuli, there is a tendency of a greater coherence of emotional response components in generalized anxiety subjects. However, spontaneous facial expressions to positive and negative film stimuli were associated with augmented electrodermal activity within both groups. Results are interpreted in light of directional response fractionation, dimensional approaches of emotion, and the facial feedback literature.
W Hubert; R de Jong-Meyer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological psychology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0301-0511     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Psychol     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-06-04     Completed Date:  1991-06-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375566     Medline TA:  Biol Psychol     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-93     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Institute of Psychology I, University of Münster, F.R.G.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / blood,  psychology
Arousal / physiology*
Attention / physiology*
Emotions / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology
Hydrocortisone / blood
Motion Pictures as Topic
Personality Tests
Visual Perception / physiology*
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