More on James and the Physical Basis of Emotion

Autor(en): Reisenzein, Rainer
Stephan, Achim 
Stichwörter: BEHAVIOR; bodily feedback theory; Cannon's theory of emotion; COHERENCE; constructivism; DISSOCIATION; embodiment; emotion and motivation; emotional experience; evolutionary theory of emotion; EXPERIENCE; EXPRESSION; FACIAL FEEDBACK; James's theory of emotion; JAMES,WILLIAM; LANGE THEORY; PERCEPTION; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Journal: EMOTION REVIEW
Volumen: 6
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 35
Seitenende: 46
Zusammenfassung: 
We first present a reconstruction of James's theory of emotion (JATE) and then argue for four theses: (a) Despite constructivist elements, James's views are overall in line with basic emotions theory. (b) JATE does not exclude an influence of emotion on intentional action even in its original formulation; nevertheless, this influence is quite limited. It seems possible, however, to repair this problem of the theory. (c) Cannon's theory of emotion is a centralized version of JATE that inherits from the latter theory a potentially fatal flaw, the insufficient physiological differentiation of emotions. (d) The core claim of JATE, that emotions are bodily feelings, is very likely false.
ISSN: 17540739
DOI: 10.1177/1754073913501395

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