Varieties of Emotional Experience: Differences in Object or Computation?

William A. Cunningham, Jay J. Van Bavel

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Discovering the taxonomies that best describe emotional experience has been surprisingly challenging. Clore and Huntsinger propose that by exploring the objects of emotion, such as standards or actions, we may better understand differences in emotion that emerge for similarly valenced reactions. We are sympathetic to this idea, although we suggest here that greater attention should be given to the computations that accompany affective processing, such as the discrepancy between different hedonic states, rather than the object per se.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-57
Number of pages2
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • social psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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