Emotion, psychophysiology, and intersubjectivity

Anssi Peräkylä, Liisa Voutilainen, Melisa Stevanovic, Pentti Henttonen, Mikko Kahri, Maari Kivioja, Emmi Koskinen, Mikko Sams, Niklas Ravaja

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Conversation analytical studies on emotion show how expression of emotion is part of the intersubjective experience. Emotions, however, are as much physiological as experiential events. Physiological processes pertaining to emotion involve changes in cardiovascular activity, in the activation of sweat glands, and in muscular activity. The dyadic systems theory by Beebe and Lachmann (2002) suggests that actions that regulate social interaction also serve in the regulation of internal emotional states of interacting subjects. Drawing from this theory, our overall research questions was: how is the expression of emotion in social interaction linked to physiological responses in the participants? Our main result was that thorough conversational affiliation, the participants share the emotional load in the interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersubjectivity in Action. Studies in language and social interaction
EditorsJan Lindström, Ritva Laury, Anssi Peräkylä, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789027259035
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePragmatics and Beyond New Series
ISSN (Print)0922-842X


  • Affiliation
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Psychophysiology

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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