any strong feeling; to remove, shake, stir up; a moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings, whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some sensible effect on the body.

Related terms:
anger, anxiety, affect, affection, affectivity, arousal, attitude, choler, conditioned emotion, conditioned emotional response, emotional charge, emotional shade, emotional state, emotivity, excitability, excitedness, excitement, exhilaration, experience, fear, fearfulness, feeling, fright, feeling, feeling tone, foreboding, gut reaction, heartthrob, hate, hatred, ire, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, love, spirit, impression, manic state, mental attitude, opinion, passion, position, posture, presentiment, profound sense, psychology, reaction, response, responsiveness, sensation, sense, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sentiment, stance, stimulation, susceptibilities, undercurrent, way of thinking.


Physiological Influences on emotions

Have you ever felt a knot in your stomach when you were anxious? Have you ever blushed when you were embarrassed? Have you ever felt a surge of phys- ical energy when you were angry or frightened? In each case, you experienced a physiological reaction to something. [ more...]

Perceptual Influences on Emotions

The perceptual view of emotions, which is also called appraisal theory, asserts that subjective perceptions shape what external phenomena mean to us. External objects and events, as well as physiological reactions, have no intrinsic meaning. Instead, they gain meaning only as we attribute significance to them. [ more...]

Social Influences on Emotions

Julia Wood reminds readers that not only physiological and perceptual influences affect how we express our emotions; there are also social factors that affect “how we interpret, organize, and respond” to what we see or perceive. Simply said she is saying that our beliefs and culture has an influence on which emotions we choose to display or repress. [ more...]

Framing Rules

Framing rules is defined as “the emotional meaning of situations.” [ more...]

The Interactive View of Emotions

The Interactive View of Emotions is the model that focuses on the influence of different social, cultural factors on our emotional experiences. Two components that are involved in this model are Feeling Rules and Emotion Work. [ more...]

[CMN 003-22 - Interpersonal Communication - Summer Session 2/ 2003 - Professor Scott M. Schönfedt-Aultman]

Project Presentation - Emotions

Antonette Lesaca
Bamboo Hsu
Dieu Pham
Fernanda Rosa


Interviews with a diversity of people at the Farmers Market in Davis - 08/27/03

Video Interview Questions

Wood, T. Julia - Interpersonal Communication - Everyday Encounters

WordNet Dictionary

Emotion Eric

Emotional Intelligence

Emotions Anonymous