An Investigation Into the Effect of Increased Arousal on the Perception of Attractiveness

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The words used to describe emotions can provide insight into the basic processes that contributes to physical changes. The present work investigated the hypothesis that physical arousal can cause influence towards perception of attractiveness. In this research numerous of university students has been enrolled in experiment who tested their perception towards attractiveness on 10 different images of 10 different persons by being previously physically aroused. The overall results showed partial support for the different theoretical approaches. They revealed that present study provides a basis of support for a link between physical changes and perception of attractiveness. Data, however suggests that conclusions are limited and that further …show more content…
In humans, emotion by definition usually involves expressive behaviors, conscious experience and physiological arousal (Mayers, 2004). While Groome (2006) claims that emotions arise from the perception of bodily symptoms, others like Schachter and Singer (1962, in Groome, 2006), report that physical change one by itself is not sufficient as forming an emotion, and to determine such changes cognitive labelling is essential. Emotions, nevertheless is associated with motoric change (e.g. muscle fasciculations), physiological change (e.g. creatinine clearance decreases) and an associated ‘subjective’ feeling following cognitive appraisal, moreover, during a natural disaster individuals may monitor the emotions of others (crying, despair, fear) to help interpret their own level of heightened arousal (Reisenzein, 1983; Schacter & Singer, 1962).
Emotional arousal is often associated with physiological change which involves the activity of the autonomic system which refers to sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Sympathetic nervous system (SNS) promotes called ‘flight or flight’ response, which jibes with energy generation and arousal. The sympathetic division commonly functions in actions requiring quick responses sending impulses to the thalamus. It is regulated by the amygdala located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain. The most clear signifying signs of emotional arousal involve changes with

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