A critical role for "affective neuroscience" in resolving what is basic about basic emotions.

  title={A critical role for "affective neuroscience" in resolving what is basic about basic emotions.},
  author={Jaak Panksepp},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={99 3},
  • J. Panksepp
  • Published 1 July 1992
  • Psychology
  • Psychological review
Ortony and Turner (1990) asked "What's Basic About Basic Emotions," and they concluded "very little." They proceeded to advocate a "componential" or "mosaic" view of how emotional systems should be analyzed. Their thesis was flawed by their failure to consider the available neurobehavioral data. Genetically dictated brain systems that mediate affective-emotional processes do exist, even though there are bound to be semantic ambiguities in how we speak about these systems. This commentary… 
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