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Solving the Emotion Paradox: Categorization and the Experience of Emotion
  • L. F. Barrett
  • Psychology
    Personality and social psychology review : an…
  • 1 February 2006
In this article, I introduce an emotion paradox: People believe that they know an emotion when they see it, and as a consequence assume that emotions are discrete events that can be recognized with
Are Emotions Natural Kinds?
  • L. F. Barrett
  • Philosophy
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal…
  • 1 March 2006
The accumulating empirical evidence is reviewed that is inconsistent with the view that there are kinds of emotion with boundaries that are carved in nature and what moving beyond a natural-kind view might mean for the scientific understanding of emotion.
The brain basis of emotion: A meta-analytic review
A meta-analytic summary of the neuroimaging literature on human emotion finds little evidence that discrete emotion categories can be consistently and specifically localized to distinct brain regions, and finds evidence that is consistent with a psychological constructionist approach to the mind.
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
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Core affect, prototypical emotional episodes, and other things called emotion: dissecting the elephant.
What is the structure of emotion? Emotion is too broad a class of events to be a single scientific category, and no one structure suffices. As an illustration, core affect is distinguished from
Independence and bipolarity in the structure of current affect.
The independence of positive and negative affect has been heralded as a major and counterintuitive finding in the psychology of mood and emotion. Still, other findings support the older view that
The theory of constructed emotion: an active inference account of interoception and categorization
  • L. F. Barrett
  • Psychology
    Social cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • 19 October 2016
This article begins with the structure and function of the brain, and from there deduce what the biological basis of emotions might be, and concludes that the answer is a brain-based, computational account called the theory of constructed emotion.
Knowing what you're feeling and knowing what to do about it: Mapping the relation between emotion differentiation and emotion regulation
Individuals differ considerably in their emotion experience. Some experience emotions in a highly differentiated manner, clearly distinguishing among a variety of negative and positive discrete
Interoceptive predictions in the brain
The Embodied Predictive Interoception Coding model is introduced, which integrates an anatomical model of corticocortical connections with Bayesian active inference principles, to propose that agranular visceromotor cortices contribute to interoception by issuing interoceptive predictions.