Emotions of Animals and Humans

Comparative Perspectives

  • Shigeru Watanabe
  • Stan Kuczaj

Part of the The Science of the Mind book series (The Science of the Mind)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Emotion in Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Irene M. Pepperberg
      Pages 49-62
    3. Stan A. Kuczaj II, Lauren E. Highfill, Radhika N. Makecha, Holli C. Byerly
      Pages 63-85
    4. Stan A. Kuczaj II, Kristina M. Horback
      Pages 87-112
    5. Heidi Lyn, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
      Pages 113-127
  3. Emotion in Humans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Shoji Itakura, Yusuke Moriguchi, Tomoyo Morita
      Pages 207-222
    3. Satoshi Umeda
      Pages 223-241
  4. Emotion, Consciousness and Memory

  5. Stan A. Kuczaj II
    Pages 277-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-283

About this book


This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to emotion, with contributions from biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, robot engineers, and artists. A wide range of emotional phenomena is discussed, including the notion that humans’ sophisticated sensibility, as evidenced by our aesthetic appreciation of the arts, is based at least in part on a basic emotional sensibility that is found in young children and perhaps even some non-human animal species.  As a result, this book comprises a unique comparative perspective on the study of emotion. A number of chapters consider emotions in a variety of animal groups, including fish, birds, and mammals. Other chapters expand the scope of the book to humans and robots. Specific topics covered in these chapters run the gamut from lower-level emotional activity, such as emotional expression, to higher-level emotional activity, such as altruism, love, and aesthetics. Taken as a whole, the book presents manifold perspectives on emotion and provides a solid foundation for future multidisciplinary research on the nature of emotions.


Comparative approach Emotion Emotional Reflection Emotional appreciation Emotional expression

Editors and affiliations

  • Shigeru Watanabe
    • 1
  • Stan Kuczaj
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Department of PsychologyKeio UniversityMinato-kuJapan
  2. 2., Department of PsychologyThe University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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