How do you judge emotions?

Every person is capable of experience a dazzling range of different mental states. These include cognitive states, such as planning, decision-making, or calculation, as well as emotional states such as joy, misery, exhilaration, or exhaustion. In this study, we are interested in learning how people like you make judgments about these emotions and other mental states. In particular, we are interested in uncovering which psychological principles, or dimensions, help us make sense of other people's minds.

The task you will engage in consists of making judgments about mental state terms such as "happy," "thoughtful," or "embarrassed." On each trial of the task, you will be shown three such terms. One mental state will be the reference, and other two will be choices. Your goal will be to judge which of the two choices is more similar to the reference. There are no wrong answers - we are simply interested in the principles guiding your decisions. At the end of the study, you will receive personalized feedback about the degree to which you draw on three different psychological dimensions to make your choices. You will also learn how much other participants - on average - tend to rely on the same psychological dimensions. If you wish to participate in this study on emotion judgment, please click the 'begin' button below.