Shame on us: Toward defining basic emotions

15 diciembre 2014

Emotions are complicated and never more so than in the realm of the scientific, where commonly accepted definitions are lacking. In a new article, a researcher examines the basic emotions of grief, fear/anxiety, anger, shame and pride as they appear in scientific literature in an attempt to take a first step in defining them. «Emotion terms, especially in English, are wildly ambiguous,» he writes in the paper’s introduction.