The Original Emotional Contagion Scale

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Author of Tool: 

Hatfield, E., Cacioppo, J., & Rapson, R. L.

Key references: 

Hatfield, E., Cacioppo, J. T., & Rapson, R. L. (1993). Emotional contagion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hatfield, E., Cacioppo, J., & Rapson, R. L. (1994). Emotional contagion. New York: Cambridge University Press. [ISBN: 0-521-44948-0]

Hatfield, E. & Rapson, R. L. (2000). Emotional contagion. In W. E. Craighead & C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.). The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 493-495.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Emotional Contagion Scales is a 18-item scale that provides an assessment of the extent to which individuals are susceptible to ‘catch’ emotional expressions from others due to mere exposure to some behavioural act of that emotion emitted by others.

Background: 

Emotional contagion describes “the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize expressions, vocalizations, postures, and movements with those of another person and, consequently, to converge emotionally” (Hatfield, Cacioppo, & Rapson, 1993, p. 5). The Emotional Contagion Scale measures the degree to which men and women are susceptible to ‘catching’ expressions of the five basic emotions (love, anger, joy, sadness, and fear).

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.238

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