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›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (1): 50-59.

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The View of Embodied Emotion: A New Perspective on Emotion Study

LIU Ya;WANG Zhen-Hong;KONG Feng   

  1. School of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
  • Received:2010-06-14 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-01-15 Published:2011-01-15
  • Contact: WANG Zhen-Hong

Abstract: The view of embodied emotion has considerable theoretical hypotheses and research evidence. From peripheral theory of emotion to facial feedback hypotheses and somatic marker hypothesis, then to the view of embodied emotion, they all agree that emotion is embodied. The view of embodied emotion argues that emotion is embodied in persons’ bodies, including persons’ brains. The body anatomy, body activities, and the perceptual and motor experience of the body determine how we process emotional information. A series of studies concerning behavioral and brain mechanisms of the view of embodied emotion all have supported that emotional information process is embodied. Currently, we can use the hypothesis of mirror neuron system (MNS), the theory of embodied simulation or perceptual symbol system (PSS) account to explain various phenomenons of the embodied emotion. As a new theoretical notion, the view of embodied emotion provides a new perspective on emotion study.

Key words: embodied emotion, facial feedback, somatic marker, mirror neuron, embodied simulation, perceptual symbol system