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David Matsumoto and Hyisung C. Hwang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190679743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190679743.001.0001

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Culture and Emotion

Culture and Emotion

Integrating Biological Universality with Cultural Specificity

(p.361) 12 Culture and Emotion
The Handbook of Culture and Psychology

David Matsumoto

Hyisung C. Hwang

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the authors integrate a seemingly disparate literature on culture and emotion by providing a biocultural model of emotion that integrates a biologically based core emotion system that is calibrated, regulated, and elaborated by culture. They describe three premises underlying the model that help to organize and understand disparate findings in emotion research. Given these premises, the authors believe that the seemingly contradictory literature on culture and emotion can be understood in a cohesive manner and somewhat neatly integrated into a coherent whole and that future research questions should focus on the relative contributions of biology and culture. Their position is that the relative contributions of biology and culture—and thus findings of universality or cultural specificity—differ depending on the type of emotion examined and the specific domain of emotion assessed.

Keywords:   emotion, biology, universals, domains, contexts

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