While emotion coherence has long been theorized to be a core feature of emotion, to date, studies examining response coherence have been conducted in laboratory settings. The present study used a combined approach of ambulatory physiology measures and ecological momentary assessment conducted over a 4-week period to examine the extent to which emotional experience and physiology show coherence in daily life within-persons; and whether individual differences in response coherence are associated with between-person differences in well-being, negative emotionality, and gender. Results revealed that, on average, individuals exhibited coherence between subjective experience and physiology of emotion, but that there was substantial between-person variation in coherence in daily life. Exploratory analyses revealed no credible link between levels of response coherence and well-being, negative emotionality, or gender. Findings contribute to the literature by demonstrating a novel methodological approach to measuring coherence in daily life and supporting the generalizability of coherence to ecologically valid contexts.
Subtitle: Using ambulatory physiology measures and ecological momentary assessments to examine within-person associations and individual differences
Author(s): Natalia Van Doren, Chelsea N. Dickens, Lizbeth Benson, Timothy R. Brick, Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Zita Oravecz
Publication Type: Other
Journal Title: Biological Psychology