What are emotions? And how can they be measured?

  title={What are emotions? And how can they be measured?},
  author={Klaus R. Scherer},
  journal={Social Science Information},
  pages={695 - 729}
  • K. Scherer
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Psychology
  • Social Science Information
Defining “emotion” is a notorious problem. Without consensual conceptualization and operationalization of exactly what phenomenon is to be studied, progress in theory and research is difficult to achieve and fruitless debates are likely to proliferate. A particularly unfortunate example is William James’s asking the question “What is an emotion?” when he really meant “feeling”, a misnomer that started a debate which is still ongoing, more than a century later. This contribution attempts to… 

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