Online citations, reference lists, and bibliographies.
← Back to Search

Emotional Contagion

R. William Doherty, Lisa Orimoto, Theodore M. Singelis, Elaine Hatfield, Janine Hebb

Cite This
Download PDF
Analyze on Scholarcy
Share
Theorists have proposed that men and women and those in various occupational groups should differ in their susceptibility to primitive emotional contagion. Study 1 was designed to explore the extent to which gender and occupation affected respondents’ self-reports of emotional contagion, as measured by the Emotional Contagion (EC) scale. As predicted, women in a variety of occupations secured higher total EC scores than did men. Study 2 was designed to determine the extent to which gender affected self-reports of emotional contagion (again as measured by the EC scale) and actual responsiveness to others’ emotions. As predicted, women received higher EC scores, reported sharing the targets’ emotions to a greater extent, and were rated by judges as displaying more emotional contagion than did men.