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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01988

The impact of context on affective norms: a case of study with suspense

  • 1University of Cádiz, Spain
  • 2Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

The emotional response to a stimulus is typically measured in three variables called valence, arousal and dominance. Based on such dimensions, Bradley and Lang (1999) published the Affective Norms for English Words (ANEW), a corpus of affective ratings for non-contextualized 1,034 words. Expanded and adapted to many languages, ANEW provides a corpus to evaluate and to predict human responses to different stimuli, and it has been used in a number of studies involving analysis of emotions. However, ANEW seems not to appropriately predict affective responses to concepts when these are contextualized in certain situational backgrounds, in which words can have different connotations from those in non-contextualized scenarios. These contextualized affective norms have not been sufficiently contrasted yet because the literature does not provide a corpus of the ANEW list in specific contexts. On this basis, this paper reports on the creation of a new corpus of affective norms for the original 1,034 ANEW words in a particular context -a fictional scene of suspense-. An extensive quantitative data analysis comparing both corpora was carried out, confirming that the affective ratings are highly influenced by the context. The corpus can be downloaded as supplementary material.

Keywords: Affective norms, situational context, Valence, Arousal, Dominance, supense, S-ANEW

Received: 21 Mar 2019; Accepted: 14 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

Ludovic Ferrand, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Reviewed by:

Kamil K. Imbir, University of Warsaw, Poland
Arielle Syssau, Epsylon Laboratory EA 4556, France  

Copyright: © 2019 Delatorre, Salguero, León and Tapscott. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Pablo Delatorre, University of Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain, pablo.delatorre@uca.es