Title

The role of social relationships and culture in the cognitive representation of emotions

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Abstract

There are individual and cultural differences in how memories of our emotions are cognitively represented. This article examines the cognitive representation of emotions in different cultures, as a result of emotional (in)consistency in different cultures. Using a continuous semantic priming task, we showed in two studies that individuals who were less emotionally consistent across relationships have stronger associations of their emotions within those relationships. Further, we found (in Study 2) that in a culture characterised by higher levels of emotional inconsistency across relationships (Singapore), stronger associations between emotions within relationships were found than in a culture characterised by emotional consistency (USA). This cultural difference in cognitive representation was fully mediated by individual differences in cross-situational consistency levels.

Keywords

Consistency, Culture, Emotion, Priming, Self-concept

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Cognition and Emotion

Volume

28

Issue

3

First Page

507

Last Page

519

ISSN

0269-9931

Identifier

10.1080/02699931.2013.839440

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2013.839440

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