The Ecological Study of Emotions in Humans

  • Seymour Epstein
Part of the Advances in the Study of Communication and Affect book series (ASCA, volume 5)


Our emotions appear to us as beyond our rational control, a reminder of our animal heritage. We tend to regard them as primary and our cognitions as secondary, a thin veneer that evolved late and that remains under the influence of the emotional substrata. As will be seen shortly, there is a serious fallacy in this way of thinking, for while it considers what man shares in common with other animals, it fails to consider what is unique in the experience of human emotions. It fails to consider that underlying all emotional experience in humans are implicit cognitions.


Positive Affect Negative Experience Conceptual System Basic Emotion Human Emotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour Epstein
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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