Neural evidence that human emotions share core affective properties.

@article{WilsonMendenhall2013NeuralET,
  title={Neural evidence that human emotions share core affective properties.},
  author={Christine D. Wilson-Mendenhall and Lisa Feldman Barrett and Lawrence W. Barsalou},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2013},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={
          947-56
        }
}
Research on the "emotional brain" remains centered around the idea that emotions like fear, happiness, and sadness result from specialized and distinct neural circuitry. Accumulating behavioral and physiological evidence suggests, instead, that emotions are grounded in core affect--a person's fluctuating level of pleasant or unpleasant arousal. A neuroimaging study revealed that participants' subjective ratings of valence (i.e., pleasure/displeasure) and of arousal evoked by various fear… CONTINUE READING
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