Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Mark Dingemanse

Emotion Categories in Language and Thought

Emotion has been a core domain for investigating the relative roles of biology and culture in human cognition. The goal is to investigate cross-cultural emotional categories in language and thought. This entry consists of three core tasks: (i) naming emotions from facial expressions; (ii) naming emotions from scenarios, and (ii) matching scenarios to facial expressions.


To conduct this task you need (i) a set of Ekman faces and optionally (ii) video stimuli called Mind Reading Emotions Library.


This Field Manual entry, and a French translation of the Emotion questionnaire, can be downloaded from the MPG Publication Repository:

Due to copyright restrictions additional materials are not available for distribution.

How to cite this resource?

Levinson, S. C., Senft, G., & Majid, A. (2007). Emotion categories in language and thought. In A. Majid (Ed.), Field Manual Volume 10 (pp. 46-52). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. doi:10.17617/2.492892.