Emotional display rules of Japanese and Koreans

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Abstract

Hypothetical stories designed to arouse feelings of happiness, sadness, or anger were presented to Japanese (n = 310) and Koreans (n = 286) university students. They were asked to rate the intensity of the emotion experienced, and to select the corresponding facial expression to display in an individual situation and in a social situation. Analyses of covariance were conducted on the rating scores of facial expression using the intensities of emotion as the covariance, except for happiness where the within-class regression coefficients were not homogeneous. The results showed that Japanese and Koreans shared the emotional display rules about the expressions of emotions in individual situations more than in social situations. Japanese thought that they should suppress emotions more than Koreans did. Moreover, the differences in facial expressions between Japanese and Koreans were greater in the individual situations than in the social situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalShinrigaku Kenkyu
Volume82
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Display rules
  • Emotional intensity
  • Facial expressions
  • Japan
  • Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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