Could Emotion Development Really Be the Acquisition of Emotion Concepts?

Developmental Psychology 55 (9):2015-2019 (2019)

Justin D'Arms
Ohio State University
Richard Samuels
Ohio State University
Emotion development research centrally concerns capacities to produce emotions and to think about them. We distinguish these enterprises and consider a novel account of how they might be related. On one recent account, the capacity to have emotions of various kinds comes by way of the acquisition of emotion concepts. This account relies on a constructionist theory of emotions and an embodied theory of emotion concepts. We explicate these elements, then raise a challenge for the approach. It appears to be incompatible with various familiar ways in which cognitions about one’s own emotions can come apart from episodes of emotion.
Keywords Emotions  constructionism  concept  embodiment  categorization  Learning
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