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Abstract In this report I would like to report about the exercise I have performed in week-3 session which test the facial feedback hypothesis And this hypothesis is an extension of James-Lange theory which states that the physiological change that we experience in response to a stimulus or an event are in fact our emotions The facial feedback hypothesis proposes that the emotions we experience are also influenced by sensory feed back from the face In my experiment our class use the method described by Strack Martin and Stepper 1988 to prevent participants from interpreting their facial expressions as emotions We were asked to put the pen in different conditions teeth-holding lip-balancing and teeth-holding without lip assist There were 346 students chosen at Monash University 2nd year psychology department They were asked to do a simple task which is manipulate the pen by the mouth and lips and its real meaning is smiling neutral and frowning but not allow them to aware the actual meaning for the task however the statistic shows that the hypothesis was not accepted and the data was insignificant compare with the past finding Introduction Theoretical work in facial feedback hypothesis cab be traced back to Darwin 1896 who stated that Free expression by outward sign of an emotion intensifies The theory of emotion developed by William James 1922 also emphasized that feedback from the autonomic and muscular system included the facial musculature influence the quality of ongoing emotional experience Tomkin 1962 elaborated on this view by emphasizing the causal role of facial efference in providing feedback that enhances the subjective experience of emotion A comprehensive review of theoretical developments relevant to the facial feedback hypothesis can be found in Adelmann and Zajonc 1989 Gross 1998 conducted a study that subjects see a terror film under three of different situations First reappraisal the subjects were adopt an unemotional and detached mental view as they watched the film Second suppression
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