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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (8): 1289-1298.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01289

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 Emotion comprehension in discourse and its cognitive neural mechanism

 ZHANG Xiuping1,2; ZHANG Yuping1,2; YANG Xiaohong1; YANG Yufang1   

  1.  (1 Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China) (2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
  • Received:2017-02-14 Online:2017-08-15 Published:2017-06-25
  • Contact: YANG Yufang, E-mail: E-mail:杨玉芳, E-mail:
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Abstract:  Emotion comprehension is of great significance for discourse comprehension and it is widely studied in psycholinguistics. Previous studies demonstrated that readers infer emotional information in discourse on-line and automatically. What’s more, readers can keep track of emotional change in discourse and update their situation model accordingly. Recently, some empirical ERP studies and related discourse comprehension theories showed that at least two processes are involved in emotion comprehension in discourse: one is the monitoring of emotional information and the other is the evaluation and updating of current emotional information. Related fMRI studies suggested that emotion comprehension in discourse activated not only emotion network, but also other networks, such as narrative comprehension network and theory of mind (ToM) network. In the future, more studies are needed to explore the influential factors of emotion comprehension and its cognitive neural mechanisms. The findings can be useful for the studies of emotion computing.

Key words:  discourse, emotion comprehension, cognitive processes, neural mechanism

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