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Does Vocabulary Affect Emotions?Science project video

Procedure

Pre experiment

  1. Perform the experiment with one participant at a time.
  2. Conduct the experiment in a comfortable environment where the participant is relaxed.
  3. Spend time at the beginning, to get to know each other and build rapport.

Experiment

  1. Ask the participant to share their moving experience.
  2. Listen carefully to the participant and ask for clarification when needed.
  3. Ask questions that will invite the participant to connect with the feelings of that situation, such as "What was that like?" or "How did you feel about that?"
  4. Make your interactions with the participant as natural and friendly as possible.
  5. Pay attention to the words or phrases that the participant uses when describing their experience, words such "angry" "furious" or "mad."
  6. Record these words in the data sheet under column A.
  7. When the participants finishes sharing their story, ask them how they are now feeling, emotionally.
  8. On a scale of 0-2, have the participants rate their level of emotional intensity, where 0 is neutral, 1 is mild, and 2 is high.
  9. Record the rating in the data sheet under column B.
  10. Have the participant try a new vocabulary word or phrase (see resource in bibliography).
  11. If the participant had strong negative emotions, choose a word that is milder in its connotation (If the participant says they were "angry" request they say "disappointed." If the participant said they were "joyous" ask them to say that they were "happy."
  12. You can select a word or phrase for the participant.
  13. Have the participant say the word out loud.
  14. Ask the participant to tell you how they feel after saying the word or phrase.
  15. Notate these words in the data sheet under column C.
  16. On a scale of 0-2, as the participant to rate their level of emotional intensity, where 0 is neutral, 1 is mild, and 2 is high.
  17. Notate the rating in the data sheet under column D.
  18. Find the difference between the two scores and place in column E.
  19. Do they report a change in how they feel?
  20. Repeat this process with all participants.
  21. When all participants have been scored, find the average level of emotion for all participants by totaling the column A scores and dividing by 10. Repeat this step for columns B, C, D, and E.
  22. Was there a change in level of emotion with a change in vocabulary?
 

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Participant

Participant?s word or phrase

Participant?s emotional level (0-2)

Participant?s new word or phrase

Participant?s emotional level (0-2)

Change in emotional level

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Participant 10

         

Average emotional level

         

 

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