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Body and mind: Zajonc's (re)introduction of the motor system to emotion and cognition

Niedenthal, P. M., Augustinova, M. and Rychlowska, Magdalena 2010. Body and mind: Zajonc's (re)introduction of the motor system to emotion and cognition. Emotion Review 2 (4) , pp. 340-347. 10.1177/1754073910376423

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Zajonc and Markus published a chapter in 1984 that proposed solutions to the difficult problem of modeling interactions between cognition and emotion. The most radical of their proposals was the importance of the motor system in information processing. These initial preoccupations, when wedded with the vascular theory of emotional efference (VTEE), propelled theory and research about how the face works to control emotion and to control interpersonal interaction. We discuss the development of Bob’s thinking about facial expression—facial efference is the term he preferred—as he moved toward predictions that sounded radical at the time, and which these days sound like precursors to advances in neuroscience and psychology subsumed under the term “embodied cognition.”

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1754-0739
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:31

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