In 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, we reported two 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) question 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.

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Quoidbach, Jordi; Mikolajczak , Moira; Gruber , June; Kogan , Aleksandr; Kotsou , Ilios; Norton , Michael

Robust, replicable, and theoretically-grounded: A response to Brown and Coyne's (2017) commentary on the relationship between emodiversity and health

03/2018
In 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, we reported two 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) question 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.
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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
Quoidbach, Jordi; Mikolajczak , Moira; Gruber , June; Kogan , Aleksandr; Kotsou , Ilios; Norton , Michael
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Vol. 147, n 3, 03/2018, p. 451 - 458

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