Cognitive and Communicative Features of Emotional Experience, or Do You Show What You Think You Feel?

  • Carolyn Saarni
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 1)


A continuing dilemma in the study of affect development is how to integrate several domains of emotional experience: (1) internal or somatic changes related to emotional experience; (2) the visible expression of affect; (3) the individual’s cognitive comprehension of the emotion-eliciting situation; and (4) the impact of emotional expression on others. Each of these four areas has been investigated to varying degrees and, for the most part, as separate areas of research. In the current volume, extensions to infant emotional development have been made, and several integrations across domains have been attempted. (For example, Lewis, Brooks, and Haviland report on research that tries to tie together infant facial expression and internal physiological changes related to emotional experience; Décarie presents data on the expression of affect as well as on the infant’s cognitive comprehension of the situation; Campos, Hiatt, Ramsay, Henderson, and Svejda discuss infants’ internal physiological changes and their cognitive comprehension; and Emde, Kligman, Reich, and Wade report on infants’ expression of affect as it relates to impact on others.)


Facial Expression Emotional Experience Nonverbal Behavior Communicative Behavior Affective Experience 
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  • Carolyn Saarni
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  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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