Scientific article

Emotion perception from a componential perspective

Published inCognition and Emotion, vol. 31, no. 1, p. 47-56
Publication date2017

The common conceptual understanding of emotion is that they are multi-componential, including subjective feelings, appraisals, psychophysiological activation, action tendencies, and motor expressions. Emotion perception, however, has traditionally been studied in terms of emotion labels, such as “happy”, which do not clearly indicate whether one, some, or all emotion components are perceived. We examine whether emotion percepts are multi-componential and extend previous research by using more ecologically valid, dynamic, and multimodal stimuli and an alternative response measure. The results demonstrate that observers can reliably infer multiple types of information (subjective feelings, appraisals, action tendencies, and social messages) from complex emotion expressions. Furthermore, this finding appears to be robust to changes in response items. The results are discussed in light of their implications for research on emotion perception.

  • Emotion
  • Emotion perception
  • Componential emotions
  • Appraisal theory
Citation (ISO format)
SHUMAN, Vera et al. Emotion perception from a componential perspective. In: Cognition and Emotion, 2017, vol. 31, n° 1, p. 47–56. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1075964
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