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Agency, mood and grammar. The role of verbs in managing sadness and its consequent inaction

Suitner, Caterina (2020) Agency, mood and grammar. The role of verbs in managing sadness and its consequent inaction. [Data Collection]

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Action propensity is linked to both mood and grammar: Compared to happiness, sad mood is typically envisaged as impeding agency. On the grammatical side, verbs prompt agency whereas nouns appear associated with lower agency. In two studies, we explored these relations showing that sad mood induced by music (Study 1, N = 98) increased the number of nouns (vs. verbs) in a word generation task. Conversely, when verbs versus nouns were experimentally primed and willingness to engage in actions measured (Study 2, N = 163), the propensity to engage in actions increased among people in a more negative mood. Together, the two patterns of results suggest that verbs may be strategically used to counteract inertia linked to negative mood.

DOI: 10.25430/researchdata.cab.unipd.it.00000374
Keywords: language, meta-semantic effects, verbs, agency, mood
Subjects: Social Sciences and Humanities > The Human Mind and Its Complexity: Cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy of mind > Personality and social cognition; emotion
Social Sciences and Humanities > The Human Mind and Its Complexity: Cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy of mind > Language learning and processing (first and second languages)
Department: Departments > Dipartimento di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e della Socializzazione (DPSS)
Depositing User: Caterina Suitner
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2020 17:38
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2020 17:38
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Suitner, Caterinacaterina.suitner@unipd.itorcid.org/0000-0001-5211-100X
Type of data: Mixed
Contributors:
ContributionNameEmail
AuthorSuitner, Caterinacaterina.suitner@unipd.it
AuthorFormanowicz, MagdalenaUNSPECIFIED
AuthorRoessel, JaninUNSPECIFIED
AuthorMaass, AnneUNSPECIFIED
Research funder: Polish National Science Center
Research project title: Model gramatyki społecznej-analiza mechanizmów i zastosowań
Grant number: OPUS 14 – 2017/27/B/HS6/01049
Collection period:
FromTo
1 March 201915 May 2020
Resource language: Italian and English
Metadata language: English
Publisher: Research Data Unipd
Date: 29 August 2020
Copyright holders: The Author
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2020 17:38
URI: https://researchdata.cab.unipd.it/id/eprint/374

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