In this exhibit visitors find out just how susceptible they are to the emotions of others.
We can be infected by happiness, fear, sadness and other emotions, but we can also infect others with our emotions, either intentionally or not. This is emotional contagion, and it is very important in our lives: in our relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Some people are more susceptible to emotional contagion than others. The psychologist William Doherty created an emotional contagion scale that assesses the ease with which we “catch” the emotions of others. This exhibit is based on that scale.