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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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Mirror, Mirror … Human Emotional Ontogenesis

Mirror, Mirror … Human Emotional Ontogenesis

(p.81) 4 Mirror, Mirror … Human Emotional Ontogenesis
Becoming Human

Jennifer Greenwood

The MIT Press

Human emotional ontogenesis is the focus of this chapter. It draws heavily on empirical research from developmental psychology and the relevant cognitive neurosciences to address the limitations of traditional views of emotionality. It identifies the range of inbuilt constraints in terms of affect expressions and sensory-motor competencies and intuitive parenting skills, respectively, with which neonates and primary caregivers are preadapted and how they interact. It demonstrates how caregivers shape discrete emotions, in terms of both BEs and HCEs, starting from referentially opaque affect expressions. The analysis provides grounds for the new theory’s claims that emotions are ostensive-expressive devices which evolved to enable mammalian social life, that BEs are as language-dependent as HCEs and that their ontogenesis in humans is a genuine world-to-mind transcranialist achievement. The analysis demonstrates clearly that there is no causal coupling/constitution fallacy operational in the theory.

Keywords:   Affect expressions, Intuitive parenting skills, Emotional development, Transcranialism

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