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A New, Better BET: Rescuing and Revising Basic Emotion Theory

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Abstract


  • Basic Emotion Theory, or BET, has dominated the affective sciences for decades

    (Ekman, 1972, 1992, 1999; Ekman and Davidson, 1994; Griffiths, 2013; Scarantino

    and Griffiths, 2011). It has been highly influential, driving a number of empirical lines

    of research (e.g., in the context of facial expression detection, neuroimaging studies

    and evolutionary psychology). Nevertheless, BET has been criticized by philosophers,

    leading to calls for it to be jettisoned entirely (Colombetti, 2014; Hufendiek, 2016).

    This paper defuses those criticisms. In addition, it shows that we have good reason

    to retain BET. Finally, it reviews and puts to rest worries that BET’s commitment to affect

    programs renders it outmoded. We propose that, with minor adjustments, BET can

    avoid such criticisms when conceived under a radically enactive account of emotions.

    Thus, rather than leaving BET behind, we show how its basic ideas can be revised,

    refashioned and preserved. Hence, we conclude, our new BET is still a good bet.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D., Robertson, I. & Kirchhoff, M. D. (2018). A New, Better BET: Rescuing and Revising Basic Emotion Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 1217-1-1217-12.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4585&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3562

Start Page


  • 1217-1

End Page


  • 1217-12

Volume


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • Basic Emotion Theory, or BET, has dominated the affective sciences for decades

    (Ekman, 1972, 1992, 1999; Ekman and Davidson, 1994; Griffiths, 2013; Scarantino

    and Griffiths, 2011). It has been highly influential, driving a number of empirical lines

    of research (e.g., in the context of facial expression detection, neuroimaging studies

    and evolutionary psychology). Nevertheless, BET has been criticized by philosophers,

    leading to calls for it to be jettisoned entirely (Colombetti, 2014; Hufendiek, 2016).

    This paper defuses those criticisms. In addition, it shows that we have good reason

    to retain BET. Finally, it reviews and puts to rest worries that BET’s commitment to affect

    programs renders it outmoded. We propose that, with minor adjustments, BET can

    avoid such criticisms when conceived under a radically enactive account of emotions.

    Thus, rather than leaving BET behind, we show how its basic ideas can be revised,

    refashioned and preserved. Hence, we conclude, our new BET is still a good bet.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D., Robertson, I. & Kirchhoff, M. D. (2018). A New, Better BET: Rescuing and Revising Basic Emotion Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 1217-1-1217-12.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4585&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3562

Start Page


  • 1217-1

End Page


  • 1217-12

Volume


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland