Date of Award

Spring 1979

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Nordberg, Robert B.

Second Advisor

Nash, Richard

Third Advisor

Kipfmueller, Mark


This investigation in the areas of social psychology and emotion attempted to confirm the tenability of the "congruence" hypothesis. It suggests that,when people are expressing positive emotional affect with their nonverbal gestures, they find that congruent positive thoughts or recollections of pleasant memories are more readily achieved than when they are expressing negative emotional affect with these nonverbal gestures. This hypothesis further implies that, once a person has reacted to external situations with expressive gestures of his face and body, these gestures can exert a pervasive influence on his subsequent thoughts and recollections and, by so doing, influence his interpretations of events and emotional feelings.



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