Choosing between emotion regulation strategies to appear cool, calm, and collected: does emotional stimulus intensity matter?

Dorota Szczygieł , Wiesław Baryła


The present study examined the effect of negative emotional stimulus intensity (low versus high) on the choice of emotion regulation (ER) strategy when a person wants to contro l their emotional expression, and the impact of this choice on how the information accompanying emotional stimuli is remembered. The effects of emotional stimulus intensity on the choice of ER strategy were examined in two studies. In both studies, the par ticipants (unaware of the differences in the intens ity of stimuli) were asked to view images inducing negative emotions of high and low intensity and to choose which strategy (cognitive reappraisal or expressive suppression) they would use in order to con trol their emotional expression. In addition, in Study 2, the authors tested the memory of the verbal content accompanying the emotional stimuli that appeared during the ER period. As expected, the participants chose reappraisal over suppression when confr onted with low intensity stimuli. In contrast, when confronted with high intensity stimuli, they chose suppression over reappraisal. The results of Study 2 revealed that memory accuracy was higher for those images that the participants chose to use reappra isal rather than suppression.
Author Dorota Szczygieł (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Dorota Szczygieł,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Wiesław Baryła (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Wiesław Baryła,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesRoczniki Psychologiczne, ISSN 1507-7888, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in Englishemotion regulation; suppression; reappraisal; choice; intensity;
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.107
Citation count*3 (2021-02-08)
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