Update 20120507 [on literature review]

1. Seems like William James’ somatic theories, which suggested that bodily reaction comes first and affects the emotion human expresses, was dominating in emotion study area before cognitive theories were developed in the 1880s. The James-Lange theory had until 1953 been all abandoned by most scholars. But later there was a neo-Jamesian theory appeared which was based on James’ theories.

2. I read Bruce Hull’s articles a second time after i found some info about the relationship between emotion and mood. Got two more issues:
a. There’s a clear distinction between mood and emotion (non-object and object, long-last and short time, incapable to be expressed and capable to be expressed), but i can’t find a formal citation for this important part.
b. In Bruce’s two articles, Explaining the Emotion People Experience in Suburban Parks and Mood as a Product of Leisure: Causes and Consequences, seems like he thought mood was equal to emotion, and use the PAD coordinate to describe both mood and emotion. While in Wikipedia, it was said that the PAD emotional state model … uses three numerical directions to represent all emotions.[Citations here] ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAD_emotional_state_model )

Basically i got a clearer logical backbone for my research:
Water features in urban parks: Entertain the city
Water feature in urban parks –> emotion (acquired from water feature in vision) –> leisure (as a purpose of visiting urban parks) –> mood (as a productive of leisure) [–> urban social activities like emotional labor]
The subject will be narrowed down to people age above 18 (Will be further discussed)
I’ve found some articles support the relationship between mood and emotional labor (shown in last part in square brackets), it will be part of the conclusion and will only be an evidence of the critical position of this research.

3 thoughts on “Update 20120507 [on literature review]

  1. What a fascinating topic! It seems like one direction might be to examine what kinds of emotions water and water-based designs evoke? What approaches will you then use to investigate this? What are some typologies that might develop–are these emotional responses based upon sight, sound, interaction, touch? VC

    • Thanks, Vikki! I’ve developed the methodologies for this topic, and put it into the final version of my proposal (probably will not go online before i nail down all the details). In my proposal, all these points are presented more specifically. The factors affecting the outcomes of this research has been listed in the proposal, some of their relationship to the research still need further study.

  2. A logistical thing: I don’t know what “PAD” means and didn’t notice it being explained (I’m assuming it’s an acronym). If it’s not elsewhere on your site and I just missed it, could you add what it stands for? Also, the phrase “emotional labor” is intriguing, but I’ve not heard it before. Could you describe or define it in terms of your project?

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