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An Experimental Replication and Refinement of the Undoing Hypothesis of Positive Emotions


Abstract Broaden and build theory (BBT; Fredrickson, 1998; 2001) postulates that positive emotions expand the scope of one's attention and thought-action repertoires (Fredrickson & Branigan, 2005). Within the boundaries of BBT, the undoing hypothesis (Fredrickson, 1998, Fredrickson & Levenson, 1998) argues that positive emotions themselves do not bring forth specific action tendencies or urges; therefore, they do not consequently require an increase in cardiovascular activity to carry out the urge. On the other hand, positive emotions have evolved to subdue the cardiovascular response previously initiated by negative emotions. This dissertation proposes that the real power of positive emotions might be to undo not the effects of negative... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Deiss Jr, Douglas Martin (Author) / Floyd, Kory (Advisor) / Mongeau, Paul (Committee member) / Thompson, Marilyn (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Physiology / Cardiovascular / Communication / Emotions / Physiology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 115 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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