On Emotion and Its Development: A Working Paper

  • Jerome Kagan
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 1)


This philosophical essay is a critique of some popular views of the concept of affect. It is neither a theory of emotion nor a synthetic review of the extensive literature on this topic—excellent reviews can be found in Mandler (1975), Izard (1971), Plutchik (1962), and Reymert (1950). Its aims are far less ambitious: to suggest a new way to conceptualize the phenomena that have traditionally been called affective. Although I am critical of some current work in this area of inquiry, I do not wish to imply that the phenomena that have been called emotional are unimportant. Quite the opposite; these events must be represented in the written propositions that eventually will describe and explain human behavior. Hence, the critical tone is meant to be constructive and not derogatory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome Kagan
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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