Socializing and emotional arousal : an analysis using biological signals and self-reported surveys

dc.contributor.advisorCheadle, Jacob E.
dc.creatorZhang, Amy, M.A.
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-01T23:28:00Z
dc.date.available2023-02-01T23:28:00Z
dc.date.created2019-12
dc.date.issued2023-01-02
dc.date.submittedDecember 2019
dc.date.updated2023-02-01T23:28:01Z
dc.description.abstractEmotions, and emotional responses, are fundamental to human growth and development. Considering how feeling both positively and negatively can lead to increased risk-taking behavior, it is important to consider the effects of friendship on emotional arousal. This study uses a novel technique of continuously measured electrodermal activity (EDA) signals, a sympathetic nervous system measure of emotional arousal, in conjunction with self-reported survey data to examine how social friendships impact emotional arousal. Furthermore, the study examines how socializing impacts positive and negative affect in self-reported social situations. Results show that socializing, in particular with groups of friends, results in more positive affect and is associated with increased emotional arousal, when compared to not socializing. The association is particularly salient when respondents also report feeling positive. This work makes a contribution to the emerging literature on how biosignal collection can be a way to distinctly measure the effects of social experiences on physical health.
dc.description.departmentSociology
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/117392
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/44273
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectEmotions
dc.subjectFriendships
dc.subjectElectrodermal activity
dc.subjectEmotional arousal
dc.subjectSocializing
dc.subjectFriends
dc.titleSocializing and emotional arousal : an analysis using biological signals and self-reported surveys
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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