The Effect Of Temperature On Our Cognition

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Introduction When a person describes someone, as being “warm” one understands it as a person who is friendly and not as someone who is physically warm. Using temperature as a way to describe a person has been understood as a metaphor, however studies have revealed that there is a connection between the association of warmth and feelings of social belonging (Ijzerman et al., 2012). The belief that our physical world has an influence on our cognition is called the embodiment theory (Chen, Poon & Dewell, 2014). In this theory it is believed that our surroundings shape of psychological feelings (Chen et al., 2014). Hence, why we use temperature as a way to expressing feelings. The following studies have conducted different types of…show more content…
Participants were divided into two different groups and would have two different food-drink types. They were then led to a computer where they would play a ball-tossing exercise game. The participants believed that they were playing with two other players online, however the game was programmed with no real players. One group was only passed the ball twice in 30 throws while the other group received the ball frequently. Finally, the participants were handed a survey that measured which foods they desired more and it was found that the socially excluded group desired warm food (Zhong & Leonardelli, 2008). The following study read these results and hypothesized that perhaps a person feeling a room to be colder because their body temperature actually becomes colder. This study followed the exact same procedure as the ball-tossing game Zhong and Leonardelli (2008) presented, however the participants temperature would be recorded this time. For this experiment 41 participants were recruited from VU University. The participants were also divided into two groups where one would be thrown the ball only twice and the other an evenly distributed amount of times. A device that was located on their index finger measured all participants’ temperature continuously, which along the way revealed that the participants body temperature went down in the exclusion group (Ijzerman et al., 2012). From Ijzerman et al.(2012) observations they hypothesized that if warmth was introduced
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