Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 41–60 | Cite as

Active search, mediation, and the manipulation of cue dimensions: Emotion attribution in the false feedback paradigm

  • Steven R. Traux


The present experiments investigated the mechanism(s) that produce the false feedback effect. Although the present studies replicated the basic phenomenon, previously proposed mediators of attention and arousal did not appear related to the effects obtained. In Experiment 1, change feedback slides were rated significantly higher than no-change feedback slides (F(1, 39)=11.88,p<.01). Correlations showed that both arousal and nonarousal feedback cues produced active search and influenced stimulus ratings. Attention or arousal differences between change and no-change feedback should not result in equal cue effects. In Experiment 2, feedback rating differences were eliminated by presenting less differentially ambiguous situational stimuli. These findings suggested that important factors in the emotion attribution process may be the relative ambiguity and subjective salience of both situational and physiological cues.


Rating Difference Feedback Effect Active Search Feedback Rating Stimulus Rating 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven R. Traux
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  1. 1.University of Nebraska-LincolnUSA

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