Scaffolding emotions and evolving language

Eva Jablonka, Simona Ginsburg

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We suggest that, in animals, the core-affect system is linked to partially assimilated behavioral dispositions that act as developmental scaffolds for the ontogenetic construction of emotions. We also propose that in humans the evolution of language altered the control of emotions, leading to categories that can be adequately captured only by emotion-words.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-155
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


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