1993 Volume 35 Issue 3 Pages 140-147
This study aimed at examining the relationship between experimentally induced conflict and subjects' strength of conflict. The experimental conflict was induced by the double vocal stimuli consisting of a pair of statements, each expressing a different emotion selected out of the four emotions: joy, sadness, anger and fear. Based on the conflict index of the EPI (Plutchik & Kellerman, 1974), the subjects were divided into a high conflict group and a low conflict group. The responses to each stimulus by the subjects were classified into “single response”, “confused response” and “no response”, and in this study the focus was placed upon “confused response” and “no response” as the reflecting conflict. The main results are as follows: 1) The high conflict group showed significantly more “confused response” than the low conflict group. 2) The responses in the category of “confused response” were further divided into those with emotional tone and those without it. The results showed that in the high conflict group the rate of confused responses with emotional tone was significantly higher than in the low conflict group. 3) The stimuli which included a sadness statement produced significantly more confused responses than those without such a statement.