What Is Emotion?
“The path of definition and classification followed by psychology over the course of several centuries led to the fact that of all the chapters of this science, the psychology of feelings appeared to be fruitless and tedious” (Vygotsky, 1970, p. 127). Definitions of the term “emotion,” which, in their most focused form, would of necessity have to reflect the degree of our penetration into the nature and internal structure of the given phenomenon, are, as a rule, of the abstract—descriptive type or require additional explanation. Let us cite some examples of such definitions in order to demonstrate the reason for the dissatisfaction that led us to seek a fundamental answer to the question: “What is emotion?”
KeywordsPositive Emotion Emotional Stress Galvanic Skin Response Conditioned Signal Theta Rhythm
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