Marco Viola

Emotions between humans and other animals. Epistemological issues in generalizing concepts

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Keywords: Emotion; Affect; Basic Emotions; Animals; Ethology.

Several research in affective science are based on animal models - usually mammals. Many discoveries and concepts are then generalized to humankind. In this article I discuss some epistemological caveats concerning the generalization of emotion concepts between humankind and other species. I will focus in particular on two ontologies of emotion: the categorical taxonomy of Basic Emotions, and the dimensional taxonomy of Core Affect.

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