The Emotion approach
This approach is perhaps the most exciting piece.
Here we have more freedom to do research.
We can add response alternatives and we can work with lots of categories for the first picture to be presented.

Categories are e.g.:

Colors
Animals
Cars
People
Situations
Nature
Symbols
and so on

The researcher is free to add categories according to his or her expertise and research aim.


The general thought behind this approach is that when someone has experienced anxiety in the past and this anxiety has become a trauma this anxiety can be released by seeing a picture( or hearing a specific sound or smelling a specific smell) that has to do with this trauma, or is related to this trauma.

When this is the case the perception of the second picture will drop (be very poor), although this second picture is neutral and known to the person who sees it.

A simple example would be that as a person is bitten as a child by a dog, and the fear has become a trauma because the child wasn't treated after the attack of the dog. Then when confronted as first picture with a dog the old aniety can be released and that will have its consequences in not be able to identify the second neutral picture.

Its up to the researcher to combine these hints into a pattern.


 



Picture 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Picture 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Response
Low scores on Harry if there is a trauma with a dog attack in the past.
Not in Harry but in the person who is looking at this sequence.
Low scores on Harry if there is a trauma with a cat attack in the past
Pet cat of the viewer
Picture 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Picture 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Response
High scores on Harry
Thinking this over we come to a very interesting field of research. In the examples above we see two events following each other but there is no limit to the number of events, so we can make short films that trigger events from the past.
Because we put single events in a time-order they get a different meaning. Its a chain of associations put in motion.
E.g. a red field means little to someone. A knife is very neutral because we use knifes every day. A picture of a woman can be arousing but it also can be neutral because I don't know that particular woman. A car it can also be very neutral or I must be a fan of Vauxhall. A bottle perhaps my best friend or neutral as milk bottle and so on.
But in the combination of these things in time it could be different:
a red field followed by a knife is perhaps not interesting but a knife follwed by a red field can be very arousing for some people.
A bottle followed by a car can remember some people of the day that they got a ticket while driving with one glass to many.
And so on.
A woman followed by a knife followed by a red field, followed by a car followed by a bottle, can tell the story of someone who killed a woman and fled with a car and after that had a bottle of whiskey.
Even more intense in some cases would be to place a picture of a kitchen before the woman.
When we place this chain of events before a neutral identifiable person then we expect an identificationdrop in case the viewer had similar experiences in the past.

And so we can create nummerous chains of events(scripts) and present them in our investigation, in the hope that we trigger an interesting chain of events.

For now I will only use two events and see whether we can create a general test. Where are we afraid of and what do we like?