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On the Sequential Nature of Appraisal Processes: Indirect Evidence from a Recognition Task

Published in Cognition and Emotion. 1999, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 763-793
Abstract There is a growing consensus that the elicitation and differentiation of emotions can best be understood as the result of the subjective appraisal of the significance of events for individuals. The present paper addresses the process of appraisal, hitherto neglected; particularly the postulate that appraisal consists of a fixed sequence of stimulus evaluation checks, as proposed by the component process model of emotion (Scherer, 1984, 1993b). It is suggested that indirect evidence pertinent to the order assumption, which is an essential aspect of the sequence hypothesis, can be obtained via the study of recognition-of-emotion-situation scenarios that have been segmented according to individual appraisal criteria or dimensions. The hypothesis that the presentation of these segments in the predicted sequence (as compared to a random sequence) will result in a faster and more accurate identification of the respective emotions is supported by data from three experiments. Potential alternative explanations are discussed.
Keywords AppraisalNatureProcessesSequential
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SCHERER, Klaus R. On the Sequential Nature of Appraisal Processes: Indirect Evidence from a Recognition Task. In: Cognition and Emotion, 1999, vol. 13, n° 6, p. 763-793. doi: 10.1080/026999399379078 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:102070

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