The Dimensional Space of Respect-Related Emotions in Modern Japanese People
280 , 2016-03-31 , 東京大学大学院教育学研究科
What is the cognitive structure of emotions related to sonkei (a feeling of respect)? This study examined the reproducibility of the dimensional space of respect-related emotion words in modern Japanese people. The data (n＝515) of previously published work, in which participants, ages 20–79, rated the semantic similarity of 153 pairs of 18 respect-related words was used for non-metric multidimensional scaling (MDS). The result revealed three dimensions of respect-related emotions: (a) focus (response either to the excellence of the person as a whole or excellence of his/her specific actions); (b) valence (positive or negative feelings); and (c) selfoblivion (the degree of absorption). This results showed almost the same dimensional space as a different study done on university students. Additional analyses were conducted according to age. The results revealed that the coordinates of the respect-related emotion words seen in adults ages 60–79 were a little different from those of the whole sample, as was seen in the previous findings of the hierarchical semantic structure of the same emotion words for the same adult sample. Finally, limitations of these approach for emotion words and future directions for studying respect-related emotions are discussed.