All About Rejoicing, Raging, Grieving, Being Afraid, Etc.—And About Expressing It Facially

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 7–8. Reviews the book, Human Emotions by Carroll E. Izard (1977). This book stands as one of the most ambitious attempts at systematic conceptual analysis of human emotions. Although Izard's emphasis on the role of the face and skeletal musculature in emotions is well justified–especially given the extent to which most researchers in the peripheralist tradition have neglected proprioceptive feedback–he provides relatively little conclusive experimental evidence. Izard believes that visceral changes are epiphenomenal and limited to the maintainance of the already existing emotional states. He never presents a full account of the temporal sequence in which different antecedents, of emotion occur but he seems to share other researchers' traditional concern. Although many of the assumptions, definitions, taxonomies, and general principles with which the book abounds are difficult to accept, this book is important. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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