NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY POSTGRADUATE SOCIETY SEM
Friday March 22nd 2013, 11:45am
MAPPING THE CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE OF EMOTIONS ACROSS CULTURES
Recent research has challenged the universality of facial expressions of emotion, highlighting culture as a significant influencing factor, thereby exposing a knowledge gap (Jack, Blais, Scheepers, Schyns & Caldara, 2009; Matsumoto & Ekman, 1989; Jack, Garrod, Yu, Caldara & Schyns, 2012). Consequently, a number of questions have been raised surrounding emotional expression including those underpinning the current research project - six basic emotions are not universal. Which emotions are basic in different cultures? Here, we aimed to identify the basic emotion categories in Western and Eastern cultures by mapping culture-specific conceptual landscapes of emotion terms in two languages (English and Chinese). Using emotion words rated highly on both familiarity and prototypicality, fifty native English and fifty native Chinese speakers rated all possible word pairs in their own language according to similarity of meaning. Using these similarity measures in conjunction with network analysis tools (e.g., Multidimensional scaling and k-means clustering), we then reconstructed culture-specific semantic networks of emotion terms in each group.
PRESENTED BY
Rebecca Pratchett
from the University of Glasgow
INVITED BY
Katarzyna Jaworska

12:00pm: BEYOND YOUR PSYCHOLOGY PHD
Katrina Gardner has been working with Glasgow PhD students as a careers adviser since 2006. In this seminar she will give you an insight into the range of career destinations for PhD graduates (in the HE sector and elsewhere) and employers views of research students in order to help you prepare for entering the labour market when you graduate, with the full support of the Careers Service.
PRESENTED BY
Katrina Gardner
from the Careers Service
INVITED BY
Katarzyna Jaworska