Where do emotional dialects come from? A comparison of the understanding of emotion terms between Gabon and Quebec

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Authors : U. Hess, P. Thibault & M. Levesque

Abstract :

The aim of this study was to assess the hypothesis that emotional dialects in emotion expression may be caused by differences in the modal appraisal pattern of the underlying emotions in different cultures. The findings supported the hypothesis such that differences between expressions posed by individuals from Quebec and Gabon were congruent with differences in appraisals on the valence and locus of control dimensions. The findings of the present study join a growing literature highlighting the suitability of a componential emotion model over discrete emotion theories that posit rigid neural programs, which include emotion-specific patterns of facial expressions. 

Keywords : Emotion expressions Emotional dialects modal emotions