Emotion as a Message
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basic emotions
facial expression
somatic marker

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Łosiak, W. (2015). Emotion as a Message. Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne, (9), 319–331. https://doi.org/10.14746/pss.2015.9.19


Emotion may be treated as a special sort of message considering that communicative function is one of the basic functions of emotion. Moreover emotion serves as a message in two ways. In one way facial expression of emotion is a message to other participants of social interaction that contains information about the emotional state of the subject and thus plays important interpersonal role. It shows the subject’s personal attitude and amplifies verbal messages or makes them more credible. Numerous empirical studies show that processes of generating and perceiving of facial expressions of emotions are autonomic and specific. In the other way emotion is an internal message containing information about the significance of events or thoughts and thus helping in making choices or taking decissions.

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