Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin vol:37 issue:4 pages:451-463
The emotional experiences of people who live together tend to be similar; this is true for dyads and groups, but also for cultures. It raises the question whether immigrants’ emotions become more similar to host culture patterns of emotional experience; do emotions acculturate? Two studies, on Korean immigrants in the US (Study1) and on Turkish immigrants in Belgium (Study2), measured emotional experiences of immigrants and host group members with the Emotional Patterns Questionnaire. To obtain a measure of the immigrants’ emotional similarity to the host group, their individual emotional patterns were correlated to the average pattern of the host group. Immigrants’ exposure to and engagement in the host culture, but not their acculturation-attitudes, predicted emotional acculturation.