The Recognition of Spouses by Their Distinctive Emotional Characteristics

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The Recognition of Spouses by Their Distinctive Emotional Characteristics. Authors:
Clarke, David D.1 ddc@psychology.nottingham.ac.uk
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Journal of Social Behavior & Personality; Jun97, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p345-366, 22p, 3 Charts Document Type:
Article
Subject Terms:
*MARRIED people
*EMOTIONS
*SPOUSES
*HUSBAND & wife
*DOMESTIC relations
Abstract:
Two studies are reported examining the idea that married people recognise certain emotions, or sequences of emotions, as distinctive of their spouses, and can perform recognition tasks from these cues alone. In one study, participants were asked to identify their spouses, just from abstract, verbal, emotional self-descriptions. Here, it was found that husbands could sometimes recognise their wives, but not the reverse. In a second study recognition was generally poorer, but an interesting pattern of errors emerged. Participants tended to attribute their own emotions to their spouses.Both sexes tended to identify male emotional patterns as belonging to their spouses. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]  

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1. Participants
2. Procedure
3. Participants
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5. Participants
6. Procedure
7. Participant
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9. Participant
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11. Participants
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13. Participants
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15. Judgments of the Couples Themselves in "Stage Four"
16. Judgments of "outsiders" in "Stage Five"
17. TABLE 1 Number of Right and Wrong Choices by Men and Women Looking for Their Own Story 18. TABLE 2 Number of Right and Wrong Choices by Men and Women Looking for Their Spouse's Story 19. FIGURE 1 Number of Judgments that the Participant's Spouse was Encountered on the First or Second Trial as a Function of the True Order 20. REFERENCES

Listen|                                                                             Help| | | Two studies are reported examining the idea that married people recognise certain emotions, or sequences of emotions, as distinctive of their spouses, and can perform recognition tasks from these cues alone. In one study, participants were asked to identify their spouses, just from abstract, verbal, emotional self-descriptions. Here, it was found that husbands could sometimes recognise their wives, but not the reverse. In a second study recognition was generally poorer, but an interesting pattern of errors emerged. Participants tended to attribute their own emotions to their spouses. Both sexes tended to identify male emotional patterns as belonging to their spouses. In marriage, the feelings of each partner for the other are very important. They may also be distinctive, with the emotional life of one couple differing markedly and recognisably from that of another. This paper attempts to demonstrate such distinctiveness by showing that married people can recognise their spouses from information about their emotions alone. The investigation was prompted in part by two related lines of work in the same research programme. One dealt with the temporal organisation of events as a key to understanding interpersonal processes (Clarke, 1983; Clarke, 1985). The other dealt with...
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