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The Cognitive Structure of Emotions - Andrew Ortony

The Cognitive Structure of Emotions

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Published: 15th October 1990
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What causes us to experience emotions? What makes emotions vary in intensity? How are different emotions related to one another and to the language used to talk about them? What are the information processing mechanisms and structures that underlie the elicitation and intensification of emotions? Despite an abundance of psychological research on emotions, many fundamental questions like these have yet to be answered. The Cognitive Structure of Emotions addresses such questions by presenting a systematic and detailed account of the cognitive antecedents of emotions. The authors propose three aspects of the world to which people can react emotionally. People can react to events of concern to them, to the actions of those they consider responsible for such events, and to objects. It is argued that these three classes of reactions lead to three classes of emotions, each based on evaluations in terms of different kinds of knowledge representations. The authors characterize a wide range of emotions, offering concrete proposals about the factors that influence the intensity of each. In doing so, they forge a clear separation between emotions themselves and the language of emotion, and offer the first systematic, comprehensive, and computationally tractable account of the cognitions that underlie distinct types of human emotions.

"The primary value of this book is in the linking of emotions, in an intuitively sensible classification, to conditions and value structures in a way never before mapped out so explicitly and so well." Contemporary Sociology "This is a tightly reasoned, succinctly written, and intellectually demanding work." Cognition and Emotion

Introduction
The study of emotion
Types of evidence for theories of emotion
Some goals for a cognitive theory of emotion
Structure of the theory
The organisation of emotion types
Basic emotions
Some implications of the emotions-as-valenced-reactions claim
The cognitive psychology of appraisal
The appraisal structure
Central intensity variables
The intensity of emotions
Global variables
Local variables
Variable-values, variable-weights, and emotion thresholds
Reactions to events: I. The well-being emotions
Loss emotions and fine-grained analyses
The fortunes-of-others emotions
Self-pity and related states
Reactions to events: II. The prospect-based emotions
Shock and pleasant surprise
Some interrelationships between prospect-based emotions
Suspense, resignation, hopelessness, and other related states
Reactions to agents
The attribution emotions
Gratitude, anger, and some other compound emotions
Reactions to objects
The attraction emotions
Fine-grained analyses and emotion sequences
The boundaries of the theory
Emotion words and cross-cultural issues
Emotion experiences and unconscious emotions
Coping and the function of emotions
Computational tractability
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ISBN: 9780521386647
ISBN-10: 0521386640
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th October 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32