Emotion: The Perception of Bodily Change

  • Stephanie A. Shields
  • Robert M. Stern
Part of the Advances in the Study of Communication and Affect book series (ASCA, volume 5)


Imagine yourself, for a moment, in any situation which you find stressful, for example, waiting in the dentist’s office or anticipating an important interview. With little thought you will probably be able to name the bodily changes that you usually notice in yourself in these types of situations: tense stomach, sweaty palms, general restlessness, pounding heart, and so on. We have found that adults are not only able to tell us their general responses, but also name their primary physiological response to real-life stress (Stern & Higgins, 1969).


Autonomic Nervous System Skin Conductance Psychosomatic Medicine Bodily Change Physiological Reactivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie A. Shields
    • 1
  • Robert M. Stern
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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