The present study examined whether the relation between pleasant and unpleasant emotion varies across cultures and level of analysis (i.e., within-person vs. between-person). A total of 386 participants included European Americans, Asian Americans, Japanese, Indian, and Hispanic students. Momentary mood was assessed up to 7 times daily for one week. At the between-persons level, pleasant and unpleasant mood were positively correlated among Asian Americans and Japanese, but were uncorrelated among the other groups. Factor correlations at the within-person level were strongly negative in all cultures, suggesting that pleasant and unpleasant feelings are rarely experienced at the same time. Implications for dialectical experiences are discussed.
negative affect, United States, emotions, mood, individualism, collectivism, bipolarity, feelings, Japanese, ratings
Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology
Cognition and Emotion
Taylor and Francis
SCOLLON, Christie N., DIENER, Ed, OISHI, Shigehiro, & BISWAS-DIENER, Robert.(2005). An Experience Sampling and Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Relation between Pleasant and Unpleasant Emotion. Cognition and Emotion, 19(1), 27-52.
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