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Eliciting positive, negative and mixed emotional states: A film library for affective scientists

Published inCognition and Emotion, vol. 30, no. 5, p. 827-856
Publication date2016

We describe the creation of a film library designed for researchers interested in positive (amusing), negative (repulsive), mixed (amusing and repulsive) and neutral emotional states. Three hundred 20- to 33-second film clips videotaped by amateurs were selected from video-hosting websites and screened in laboratory studies by 75 female participants on self-reported amusement and repulsion (Experiments 1 and 2). On the basis of pre-defined cut-off values, 51 positive, 39 negative, 59 mixed and 50 neutral film clips were selected. These film clips were then presented to 411 male and female participants in a large online study to identify film clips that reliably induced the target emotions (Experiment 3). Depending on the goal of the study, researchers may choose positive, negative, mixed or neutral emotional film clips on the basis of Experiments 1 and 2 or Experiment 3 ratings.

  • Mixed emotions
  • Film clips
  • Film library
  • Amusement
  • Disgust
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SAMSON, Andrea Christiane et al. Eliciting positive, negative and mixed emotional states: A film library for affective scientists. In: Cognition and Emotion, 2016, vol. 30, n° 5, p. 827–856. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1031089
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