Analysis of a Psychology Article

Analysisof a Psychology Article

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Analysisof a Psychology Article

Inthe assignment, the article to be analysed is Cultureshapes electrocortical responses during emotion suppression byAsuka M., Jason S., and Shinobu K. The question tackled in thearticle is whether culture value can influence emotional processing.The writers of the article majorly focus on the European and theAsian culture to find the solution to the answer. In theintroduction, the authors note that the Asian, mainly the Japanesehave great discipline and self-control and that such was observed bytheir undisturbed emotion even after an earthquake of high magnitudehit the Eastern part of the country, leading to property destruction.The Japanese survivors maintained calm and did not express anger orsadness (Murata et al., 2012). The writers suggest that the sameincident would have caused emotional trauma if it had occurred in theEuropean nations.

Theauthors performed an experiment on both East Asians and EuropeanAmericans where both groups were subjected to viewing high andlow-arousing pictures, and their emotions recorded and analysed. Fromthe research, Murata et al. (2012) concluded that culture plays asignificant role in emotional suppression and emotional processingthat is associated with it.

Thearticle clearly relates to the general concepts of psychology as thewriters attempted to find out the differences in emotions amongcultures. Their finding, therefore, adds to the psychological conceptof emotion. It indicates that emotional expression can be affected bythe cultural background and upbringing of an individual (Murata etal., 2012).

Theresearch covered in the article is interesting. The findings are aneye-opener as to why the Japanese can withstand the effects of manycatastrophes that they face. The results also indicate that the braincan be manipulated on how to express emotions, or react to anemotionally disturbing event. Through the knowledge from theresearch, it is therefore, clear that I can have control over myselfin the way I express my emotions.

Oneof the shortfalls, as seen in the article, is that the researchersfailed to gauge the participant’s emotional experience when exposedto the stimulus. The participants might have been exposed to similarsituations as used in the pictures, therefore, making them lessresponsive. Even with such pitfalls, they managed to depict clearlythe mind activity and the neuroelectric responses of theparticipants, which is a significant success in their analysis ofemotional changes.


Murata,A., Moser, J. S., &amp Kitayama, S. (2012). Culture shapeselectrocortical responses during emotion suppression. SocCogn Affect Neurosci Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience,8(5),595-601. doi:10.1093/scan/nss036