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Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Jun;35(3):163-4. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X11001750.

Neuroscience findings are consistent with appraisal theories of emotion; but does the brain "respect" constructionism?

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Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (SCAS), University of Geneva, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland. Klaus.Scherer@unige.ch

Abstract

I reject Lindquist et al.'s implicit claim that all emotion theories other than constructionist ones subscribe to a "brain locationist" approach. The neural mechanisms underlying relevance detection, reward, attention, conceptualization, or language use are consistent with many theories of emotion, in particular componential appraisal theories. I also question the authors' claim that the meta-analysis they report provides support for the specific assumptions of constructionist theories.

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10.1017/S0140525X11001750
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