Wide externalism and the roles of biology and culture in human emotional development

Greenwood, Jennifer (2012) Wide externalism and the roles of biology and culture in human emotional development. Emotion Review, 4 4: 423-431.

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Author Greenwood, Jennifer
Title Wide externalism and the roles of biology and culture in human emotional development
Journal name Emotion Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-0739
1754-0747
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1754073912445813
Volume 4
Issue 4
Start page 423
End page 431
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In both the philosophy and psychology of emotion there is disagreement regarding the role of biology/genetics and culture/sociality in emotional development and experience. Using recent insights from developmental psychology and biology, and particularly recent developments in metaphysics of mind, I argue that distinctly human emotionality requires the complex interaction of both. Human neonates and caregivers are genetically preadapted to enable emotional ontogenesis in the context only of a complexly interdependent linguistically-mediated social relationship. This relationship provides the requisite sensory-perceptual stimulation to excite intracellular genetic activity and the resultant development/maturation of emotion-related neural substrata. This genetic preadaptation and the close linguistically-mediated social relationship together provide the necessary and sufficient conditions for the gradual development of human adult emotionality.
Keyword Emotional ontogenesis
Genes and sociality
Metaphysics of mind
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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