Filippo Saccardo Laura Franchin

Emotions, a Rubik’s cube?

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Because of their complexity, emotions are a very difficult phenomenon to define. For this reason, many theories have been proposed and different models have been developed to try to understand them better. In this review, we will limit ourselves to six main components that contribute to the emergence of emotions: environmental factors, attentional capacity, encoding, memory of events, appraisal, and emotional regulation. Using the metaphor of a cube whose sides are interconnected and interact, we analyze each of these six elements and show how their articulation, starting from an affective core, enables the development of human emotions


  • Emotions
  • environmental determinants
  • attention
  • coding
  • memory
  • emotional regulation


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