Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Olivier le Guen

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.


Field Manual entry
Emotion Categories In Language And Thought (88.31 kB)

Stimulus materials
French Translation of Emotion Questionnaire (27.28 kB)

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How to cite this resource?

Levinson, Stephen C., Gunter Senft & Asifa Majid. 2007. Emotion categories in language and thought. In Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 10, 46-52. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.