On the nature of emotion.

  title={On the nature of emotion.},
  author={Jerome Kagan},
  journal={Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development},
  volume={59 2-3},
  • Jerome Kagan
  • Published 1994 in
    Monographs of the Society for Research in Child…
This essay has tried to make three points. First, humans are capable of a large number of affect states (the exact number is not yet known), each marked by a distinct profile of physiology, cognition, and behavior, and each requiring a distinct name. Second, a distinction should be made among acute emotions, chronic moods, and temperamental vulnerabilities to a particular emotion state. Finally, research on human affects will profit from a return to, and a reinterpretation of, Freud's… CONTINUE READING


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