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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (5) : 791-801     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00791
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Primitive Emotional Contagion and the Challenge of Current Research
ZUO Shijiang;WANG Fang;SHI Xiafei;ZHANG Xiao
(School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
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Abstract  

Emotional contagion refers to the emotional convergence between individuals result from social interaction. Specifically, the unconscious tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize other people’s movements, expressions, postures and behaviors is called primitive emotion contagion. Lots of empirical evidences have been provided recently to uncover the mechanism of primitive emotion contagion. However, challenges in this field still remains due to definition ambiguity and its “unconscious” “synchronical” “automatical” occurrence. Based on the review of past studies, we conclude the interference factors of social situations and clarify the dilemma on aspects of concept definition, measuring method and depended cues. Moreover, we suggest that future researchers should apply more advanced techniques and paradigm to conduct the experiments. And theories about the underlying mechanism should be undated with recent findings.

Keywords emotional contagion      emotional convergence      mimicry      empathy     
Corresponding Authors: WANG Fang   
Issue Date: 15 May 2014
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ZUO Shijiang,WANG Fang,SHI Xiafei, et al. Primitive Emotional Contagion and the Challenge of Current Research[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(5): 791-801.
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