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Feeling the right way: Normative influences on people's use of emotion concepts

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Díaz Rodrigo, Reuter Kevin,
Project The Conceptual Space of the Affective Mind
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Mind & Language
Page(s) mila.12279 - mila.12279
Title of proceedings Mind & Language
DOI 10.1111/mila.12279

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Type of Open Access Green OA Embargo (Freely available via Repository after an embargo)


It is generally assumed that emotion concepts arepurely descriptive. However, recent investigations suggest that the concept of happiness includes information about the morality of the agent's life. In this study, we argue that normative influences on emotion concepts are not restricted to happiness and are not about moral norms. In a series of studies, we show that emotion attribution is influenced by whether the agent's psychological and bodily states fit the situation in which they are experienced. People consider that emotions are not just about feeling in certain ways, but also about feeling the right way.