The Structure of Emotion

  title={The Structure of Emotion},
  author={Lisa Feldman Barrett and Tor D. Wager},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={79 - 83}
One common point of debate in the study of emotion is whether the basic, irreducible elements of emotional life are discrete emotion categories, such as anger, fear, sadness, and so on, or dimensions such as approach and avoidance. Resolving this debate will identify the basic building blocks of emotional life that are the most appropriate targets of scientific inquiry. In this paper, we briefly review meta-analytic work on the neuroimaging of emotion and examine its potential for identifying… 

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