Emotionality is the observable behavioral and physiological component of emotion, and is a measure of a person's emotional reactivity to a stimulus. It is often used by psychology researchers to operationalize emotion in research studies. [cite book
title=The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology
author=Reber, A.S. & Reber, E.
publisher=Penguin Books
] For example, physiological signs of anxiety include muscle tension, elevated heart rate, sweating, nausea and shaking, while behavioral signs may include averted gaze, stammering and avoidance.


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