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Robust, Replicable, and Theoretically-Grounded: A Response to Brown and Coyne’s (2017) Commentary on the Relationship Between Emodiversity and Health

Robust, Replicable, and Theoretically-Grounded: A Response to Brown and Coyne’s (2017) Commentary on the Relationship Between Emodiversity and Health

Published in: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Volume 147, Issue 3, 451-458

Abstract
“In 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, we reported 2 studies demonstrating that the diversity of emotions that people experience—as measured by the Shannon-Wiener entropy index— was an independent predictor of mental and physical health, over and above the effect of mean levels of emotion. Brown and Coyne (2017) questioned both our use of Shannon’s entropy and our analytic approach. We thank Brown and Coyne for their interest in our research; however, both their theoretical and empirical critiques do not undermine the central theoretical tenets and empirical findings of our research. We present an in-depth examination that reveals that our findings are statistically robust, replicable, and reflect a theoretically grounded phenomenon with real-world implications.”

Written by: Jordi Quoidbach, June Gruber, Aleksandr Kogan, Michael I. Norton, Ilios Kotsou, Moïra Mikolajczak
For full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000400

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