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Emotional Expression: Advances in Basic Emotion Theory

  • Dacher KeltnerEmail author
  • Disa Sauter
  • Jessica Tracy
  • Alan Cowen
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Abstract

In this article, we review recent developments in the study of emotional expression within a basic emotion framework. Dozens of new studies find that upwards of 20 emotions are signaled in multimodal and dynamic patterns of expressive behavior. Moving beyond word to stimulus matching paradigms, new studies are detailing the more nuanced and complex processes involved in emotion recognition and the structure of how people perceive emotional expression. Finally, we consider new studies documenting contextual influences upon emotion recognition. We conclude by extending these recent findings to questions about emotion-related physiology and the mammalian precursors of human emotion.

Keywords

Emotional expression Physiology Contextual influences Basic Emotion Theory Social interaction Vocal expression Facial expression Emotion 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was supported in part by a Grant from the John Templeton Foundation (88210).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyAmsterdam UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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