1. Emotions expressed

    Investigation

    Goal

    Make a list of the most common expressions used to convey reactions to unexpected and/or surprising news. 

    Collect data for a typology of such expressions so that we can consider their lexical, grammatical, and emotional properties.

    Research question

    1. Is it true that the words and expressions used to convey emotional reactions lack lexical meaning?
    2. Is it true that the very same news might produce very different emotional reactions from different people?

    Why use data from multiple participants?

    A collaborative investigation can involve groups of people from around the globe; this allows us to see and appreciate a diversity of emotional culture as seen through colloquial speech.

    Investigation Protocol

    1. Select one of the scenarios below and create a bit of your own news that you can use in this experiment. Formulate your news in a way that matches your personality and circumstances. Share this made-up news with the aim of receiving an emotional reaction from the listener. News options:
      a) Bad (or unexpected) school grades.
      b) The rescue of a stray or missing animal (ie. a puppy, a kitten, etc.).
      c) The opening of an amazing new place nearby (ie. a scary attraction, an extraordinary museum, etc.)
      d) A bit of absurd information (ie. bananas are unhealthy for women, a Mars rover discovers a spaceship, etc.)
      e) An unfortunate mishap (ie. someone breaking a vase or a computer, someone hitting a fire hydrant while riding their bike, etc.). 
      f) A sudden or unexpected departure (ie. travel abroad, study exchange in an exotic place, etc.).
      g) Winning a lottery prize or a big competition of some sort.
      h) Falling in love unexpectedly.
    2. Tell your news to an acquaintance or relative. Pay close attention to his/her reply (write it down!).
      Note: If the reply contains vulgar or abusive language you will have to repeat the experiment with someone else. It is prohibited to use inappropriate language on GlobalLab’s website.
    3. Fill in the Report Form. You can fill in a different Report Form for each time you share your news and receive a response.
    4. Take part in the project discussion. Share your words of surprise with the Project Facilitator. Share, also, your ideas on how language and emotions are connected.6.Take part in the project discussion. Share your words of surprise with the Project Facilitator. Share, also, your ideas on how language and emotions are connected. 

    Safety tips

    Treat your family and friends with kindness and consideration. Do not, for the purpose of this project, tell them dramatic or horrifying news simply to see their reaction.

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    • Project was published on:December 9, 2013
    Report Form Before filling in the Report Form, please read the Investigation Protocol