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Feeling the right way: Normative influences on people's use of emotion concepts


Díaz, Rodrigo; Reuter, Kevin (2021). Feeling the right way: Normative influences on people's use of emotion concepts. Mind & Language, 36(3):451-470.

Abstract

It is generally assumed that emotion concepts are purely descriptive. However, recent investigations suggest that the concept of happiness includes information about the morality of the agent's life. In this study, we argue that normative influences on emotion concepts are not restricted to happiness and are not about moral norms. In a series of studies, we show that emotion attribution is influenced by whether the agent's psychological and bodily states fit the situation in which they are experienced. People consider that emotions are not just about feeling in certain ways, but also about feeling the right way.

Abstract

It is generally assumed that emotion concepts are purely descriptive. However, recent investigations suggest that the concept of happiness includes information about the morality of the agent's life. In this study, we argue that normative influences on emotion concepts are not restricted to happiness and are not about moral norms. In a series of studies, we show that emotion attribution is influenced by whether the agent's psychological and bodily states fit the situation in which they are experienced. People consider that emotions are not just about feeling in certain ways, but also about feeling the right way.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Uncontrolled Keywords:Linguistics and Language, Philosophy, Language and Linguistics
Language:English
Date:1 June 2021
Deposited On:29 Sep 2021 13:29
Last Modified:30 Sep 2021 20:00
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0268-1064
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12279
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100012_169484
  • : Project TitleThe Conceptual Space of the Affective Mind

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