July 25, 2016 16:30 - 18:00

Perceived Emotional Synchrony and Self-Transcendence Emotions: Two Longitudinal Studies of Religious and Secular Collective Gatherings

[Speaker] Wlodarczyk, Anna:1
[Co-author] Basabe, Nekane:2, Páez, Darío:1,2, Rimé, Bernard:3, Zumeta, Larraitz:2, Bobowik, Magdalena:2
1:University of the Basque Country / University of Santiago de Chile (Spain), 2:University of the Basque Country (Spain), 3:University of Louvain (Belgium)

Two quasi-experimental and longitudinal studies examined positive effects of participation in positively valance collective religious and secular activities. High perceived emotional synchrony is associated with strong emotional reactions, particularly in terms of experiencing qualitatively different self-transcendent and enjoyment emotions, and evokes stronger positive effects of collective participation. In Study 1 we compared the effects of participating in Sunday Mass and other secular Sunday activities on enhancement of transcendence beliefs and collective self-esteem and tested the mediational role of perceived emotional synchrony and self-transcendent and enjoyment emotions experienced during the events. In Study 2 serial mediational analyses supported a model in which perceived emotional synchrony increases self-transcendent and enjoyment emotions, which subsequently foster enhancement of positive outcomes (controlling for the baseline) of participation in ritualized folkloric event. The results are discussed from the perspective of neo-Durkheimian model of ritual and from a socio-cultural approach to well-being.
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