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Neural Basis of the Communication of Emotion

The neural basis of the communication of emotions consists of recognition and expression. The right hemisphere of the brain plays an important role in recognition. It is responsible for the acoustic and visuospatial analysis of emotions, the nonverbal communicative representations of emotions, and comprehension of emotions.

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Emotions are communication with verbal language and nonverbal language, such as body postures or gestures and facial expressions. Psychologist Robert Plutchik contends that there are eight innate, primary emotions: joy, anticipation, anger, disgust, sadness, surprise, fear, and acceptance. Primary emotions can combine to produce secondary emotions: surprise plus sadness can produce disappointment; anger plus disgust can produce contempt; and fear plus surprise can produce awe. Figurative and literal expressions are used to describe emotional ...

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Emotions are communication with verbal language and nonverbal language, such as body postures or gestures and facial expressions.

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