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Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Jun;35(3):159-60. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X11001737.

The construction of emotional experience requires the integration of implicit and explicit emotional processes.

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  • 1Institute of Psychology, University of Osnabrueck, 49074 Osnabrueck, Germany. mquirin@uos.de


Although we agree that a constructivist approach to emotional experience makes sense, we propose that implicit (visceromotor and somatomotor) emotional processes are dissociable from explicit (attention and reflection) emotional processes, and that the conscious experience of emotion requires an integration of the two. Assessments of implicit emotion and emotional awareness can be helpful in the neuroscientific investigation of emotion.

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