Dynamic grounding of emotion concepts

Piotr Winkielman , Seana Coulson , Paula Niedentha


Emotion concepts are important. They help us to understand, experience and predict human behaviour. Emotion concepts also link the realm of the abstract with the realm of bodily experience and actions. Accordingly, the key question is how such concepts are created, represented and used. Embodied cognition theories hold that concepts are grounded in neural systems that produce experiential and motor states. Concepts are also contextually situated and thus engage sensorimotor resources in a dynamic, flexible way. Finally, on that framework, conceptual understanding unfolds in time, reflecting embodied as well as linguistic and cultural influences. In this article, we review empirical work on emotion concepts and show how it highlights their grounded, yet dynamic and context-sensitive nature. The conclusions are consistent with recent developments in embodied cognition that allow concepts to be linked to sensorimotor systems, yet be flexibly sensitive to current representational and action needs. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Varieties of abstract concepts: development, use and representation in the brain’
Author Piotr Winkielman (Wydział Psychologii)
Piotr Winkielman,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Seana Coulson
Seana Coulson,,
, Paula Niedentha
Paula Niedentha,,
Journal seriesPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8436, (A 45 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishemotion, affect, concepts, embodiment, simulation, grounded cognition
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1300 General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
URL https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rstb.2017.0127
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)45
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.137; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 5.666 (2) - 2017=7.192 (5)
Citation count*25 (2021-02-20)
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