Research on emotional experiences across cultures is reviewed from a cultural psychological perspective. Psychometric approaches to evaluating the structure of emotions has consistently replicated two broad dimensions (positive and negative affect) in several countries. Nevertheless, there are cultural differences in other aspects of emotional experience such as the relation between positive and negative affect, the nature of specific emotions (e.g., pride and affection), and the types of emotions that are valued. Recent research on the cognitive organization of emotional experiences may provide additional insights and these methods await broader application in crosscultural research.
Culture, emotion, affect, measurement, Emotions, Cross cultural studies, Language and emotions
Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology
Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts
Wilson, Paul A.
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Scollon, Christie N. and William Tov. 2012. "Cultural Similarities and Differences in the Conceptualization of Emotion." In Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts, edited by Paul Wilson, 235-252. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.