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What is the role of sighing behaviour in emotional expression? : an analysis of sighing in narratives of people who experienced war in the twentieth century

Pepers, L. (2014) What is the role of sighing behaviour in emotional expression? : an analysis of sighing in narratives of people who experienced war in the twentieth century.

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Abstract:Emotions are being expressed in different ways. This is an important issue for narrative psychology, because the emotional charge of a story might say more about its meaning than the words that are used. Generally, a distinction is made between verbal and nonverbal expression of emotions. In this study, the interaction between these two was emphasized, and a phenomenon was involved that has not yet been given much attention in scientific research; the occurrence of sighing. Twelve oral history interviews, filmed during a project called “Croatian Memories”, were used, in which people talk about their experiences of war in the previous century. Verbal and nonverbal emotional expressions in these interviews were analysed by specially developed applications and these analyses were complemented with manually determined sighs. The aim of this study was to examine whether sighing behaviour is more common in narrative fragments with more verbal and/or nonverbal emotional expression. Therefore, correlations between emotional expressions and sighs were calculated. However, a coherence between sighing behaviour and other (verbal and nonverbal) ways of emotional expression could not be found. Correlations were mostly not significant and varied largely among interviews. The results indicate that sighing behaviour and its link to emotional expression are very different for each individual and might be influenced by other factors which were not considered in these analyses.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67021
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