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The report of the correlation Between Chocolate and emotion WENDI SHEN 1st, Oct, 2008 Introduction: Nowadays we do care about ourselves, not only about our bodies, but also about our emotion. Emotion plays a significant role in our lives, and it was defined by Watson and Clark as distinct, integrated psycho-physiological response system. (Watson and Clark.1994, P. 89) And in 1809 William James proposed that these changes occur as a response to some stimulating event,and our experience of these changes is what we called emotion. ( Banyard and Grayson. 1996. P103) This theory is referred to as the James-Lange theory, and this theory suggest that the recognition of emotion comes after the bodily response. The most direct way to show our emotion is the facial expression, including happiness, anger, sadness, surprise, fear and disgust. Another approach to assessing emotions is self- report questionnaires, and it means we put some adjectives to describe emotions. But the problem of this approach is the scales used to measure various emotions are often associated with each other. It is easy to find that our emotions could be changed by the things that around us, but it also could be changed by our diet. It has already been proved by psychologists that food can help people modulate emotions. We often see from the love films that when a person loses his or her lover, some of them would eat much than before. ...read more.

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Ask them if they can accept this questionnaire, and tell them they can withdraw from this questionnaire at any time. 4. If they agreed, they were asked 6 questions. 5. Every question has 3 options, and I put them in numbers 1, 2 and 3. The third question has two parts which are used for 2 kinds of people. First one is used for people who like chocolate and the other one is for people who do not like chocolate. So for this question, the options are put in 1, 2, 3 or 1', 2', and 3'. Analysis The result is : Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Participants 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 3 2 3 2' 2 3 2 4 1 1 2 3 1 1 5 1 2 2 1 1 1 6 1 2 3 1 3 1 7 1 2 2 1 3 1 8 1 1 2 1 1 1 9 2 3 3' 2 2 2 10 1 2 3 1 3 1 (Questionnaire is put on the appendix. Page 6) In this research, the correlation coefficient is +0.0563 and this number is closer to +1. It means these two variables do have positive correlation but just a slight positive correlation. In other words, if one variable is large the other one will tend to be large. ...read more.

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The data indicates that chocolate can help people to be relax and happy. However, in this research, the correlation between chocolate and emotion is not very strong. The reasons for the low correlation coefficient are various. Firstly, the number of participants is not enough. It is too small to get the general conclusion. Second reason is most of participants are Chinese. Compared with people in western countries, Chinese are not very fond of eating sweets. It is the cultural difference. The third reason is the design of this questionnaire is a little simple, and questions are not enough to investigate such a huge item. Appendix: (1)Do you like chocolate? 1. Yes, I like it very much 2. No, I don't like it at all 3. Maybe. Not sure (2). How often you eat it? 1. Almost everyday 2. Once-twice a week, or more 3. Not often (3.) Why you chose it? (3').Or why you do not like it? 1. Shape 1' Fat 2. Taste 2' No reason 3. Meaning 3' leads to illness (4). When you feel sad, do you think chocolate can help you escape the bad emotion? 1. Yes, it helps me a lot 2. No, it is useless 3. Sometimes (5) When you feel happy, do you think chocolate can help you to enjoy your feeling? 1. Yes, it makes me feel happier 2. No. 3. Maybe, sometimes (6).Do you think eating chocolate is one of your ways to become relax or it is useful to reduce stress or make you feel free(not nervous) 1. Yes, it is useful 2 No 3. ...read more.

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