Using Cell Phones Might Evoke Emotions, Study
FRIDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Tapping certain sequences of
numbers on your cell phone can affect your emotions, German
For example, typing the numbers that correspond to the letters
in a word like "love" can trigger the feeling of that word in your
mind, according to study author Sascha Topolinski, a psychological
scientist at the University of Wurzburg.
The researchers created a list of German words that can be typed
on a cell phone keypad without typing the same digit twice in a
row. The number sequences created positive words such as "liebe"
(love) and "freund" (friend), and negative words such as "schleim"
(slime) and "angst" (fear).
Volunteers -- who believed they were taking part in an
ergonomics study -- were asked to type the number sequences and to
rate how pleasant it had been to enter the numbers on the phone.
The letters on their keypads were covered and only the numbers were
visible. The participants were not told that the number sequences
were related to words.
On average, the participants preferred tapping the number
sequences that related to positive words. Merely entering the
number sequences on the cell phone was enough to activate the
concept of the words into the participants' minds, the researchers
said in a journal news release.
Topolinski said the findings relate to a psychology concept
called embodiment, the theory that certain body movements can make
you think about related ideas. For example, clenching a fist makes
people think about power and holding a heavy clipboard makes them
think a task is important.
The study was released online in advance of publication in the
The American Academy of Family Physicians explains how to
maintain emotional health.
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