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Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1566-5836
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9706
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Abstract

This paper discusses the debate over whether emotional expressions are spontaneous or intentional actions. We describe a variety of empirical evidence supporting these two possibilities. But we argue that the spontaneous-intentional distinction fails to explain the psychological dynamics of emotional expressions. We claim that a complex systems perspective on intentions, as self-organized critical states, may yield a unified view of emotional expressions as a consequence of situated action. This account simultaneously acknowledges the embodied status of environment, evolution, culture and mind in theories of emotion.
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2003-01-01
2019-10-20
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): embodiment , emotional expressions , intentions and self-organized behaviors
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