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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 1 - 28 gen 2015
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Emotions and future

Maria Miceli and Cristiano Castelfranchi, Cnr-Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (Istc) researchers, are the authors of 'Expectancy and Emotion' (Oxford University Press).
The mind is an anticipatory device. Its main purpose is to 'produce future’, telling us not only how the world might or will be, but also how it should be, or better how we would like it to be.

Expectancies shape our lives: they affect our actual outcomes, often acting as self-fulfilling prophecies. They also constitute a reference point for establishing whether an outcome is a loss or a gain; that is, we evaluate our own outcomes not in absolute terms, but against our expectancies. Therefore, we feel ill-treated and betrayed when our expectancies are disappointed.
This book deals with anticipation-based emotions, that is, the emotions associated with the dialectical interaction between 'what is’ and 'what is not (yet)’, be it a mere wished-for possibility or an expectation proper. It offers an anatomy of both the emotions implying anticipations of future events – such as fear, anxiety, hope, and trust – and those elicited by the disconfirmation of a previous anticipation – surprise, disappointment, discouragement, sense of injustice, regret, and relief – in terms of their belief and goal components.

The reader will discover the multifarious facets and implications of an important family of emotions, aimed at understanding what they have in common, as well as the distinguishing features of each distinct emotion, and predicting their motivational and behavioral consequences.

Fonte: Maria Miceli, Istituto di scienze e tecnologie della cognizione, Roma, tel. 06/44595234, email maria.miceli@istc.cnr.it