Stephens, R and Zile, A (2017) Does Emotional Arousal Influence Swearing Fluency? Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 46 (4). pp. 983-995.

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Abstract

This study assessed the effect of experimentally manipulated emotional arousal on swearing fluency. We hypothesised that swear word generation would be increased with raised emotional arousal. The emotional arousal of 60 participants was manipulated by having them play a first-person shooter video game or, as a control, a golf video game, in a randomised order. A behavioural measure of swearing fluency based on the Controlled Oral Word Association Test was employed. Successful experimental manipulation was indicated by raised State Hostility Questionnaire scores after playing the shooter game. Swearing fluency was significantly greater after playing the shooter game compared with the golf game. Validity of the swearing fluency task was demonstrated via positive correlations with self-reported swearing fluency and daily swearing frequency. In certain instances swearing may represent a form of emotional expression. This finding will inform debates around the acceptability of using taboo language.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Springer at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10936-016-9473-8 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review, and may differ slightly from the final published version.
Uncontrolled Keywords: taboo; swearing; verbal fluency; emotion; state hostility; first person shooter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 12:23
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2700

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