Psychological Construction: The Darwinian Approach to the Science of Emotion

Emotion Review 5 (4):379-389 (2013)


Psychological construction constitutes a different paradigm for the scientific study of emotion when compared to the current paradigm that is inspired by faculty psychology. This new paradigm is more consistent with the post-Darwinian conceptual framework in biology that includes a focus on (a) population thinking (vs. typologies), (b) domain-general core systems (vs. physical essences), and (c) constructive analysis (vs. reductionism). Three psychological construction approaches (the OCC model, the iterative reprocessing model, and the conceptual act theory) are discussed with respect to these ideas

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The Principles of Psychology.William James - 1890 - London, England: Dover Publications.
The Emotions.Nico H. Frijda - 1986 - Cambridge University Press.
On the Origin of Species.Charles Darwin - 2008 - Oxford University Press.

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