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Becoming Human"The Ontogenesis, Metaphysics, and Expression of Human Emotionality"$
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Jennifer Greenwood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029780

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029780.001.0001

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Theories of Emotion

Theories of Emotion

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(p.21) 2 Theories of Emotion
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Becoming Human
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Jennifer Greenwood

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029780.003.0002

Traditional and contemporary theories of emotion are reviewed in this chapter to highlight their respective strengths and weaknesses. Basic Emotions (BEs) and Higher Cognitive Emotions (HCEs) are described and their purported differences in terms of neurology, physiology and behavioural expression are highlighted. Feeling theories, cognitive (including dimensional appraisal) and social constructionist theories are discussed and objections to them raised. It is suggested that the focus of these theories on the nature of adult emotionality leads to a misconstrual of both the nature and function of the emotions. The chapter concludes in a discussion of types of scaffolding operational in emotional and language development.

Keywords:   Basic Emotions, Higher Cognitive Emotions, Scaffolding

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