Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Emotions of “higher” cognition1

Leonid Perlovskya1

a1 Harvard University, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA 02129; and the Air Force Research Laboratory WPAFB, OH 45433. leonid@seas.harvard.edu http://leonid-perlovsky.com/

Abstract

The target article by Lindquist et al. considers discrete emotions. This commentary argues that these are but a minor part of human emotional abilities, unifying us with animals. Uniquely human emotions are aesthetic emotions related to the need for the knowledge of “high” cognition, including emotions of the beautiful, cognitive dissonances, and musical emotions. This commentary touches on their cognitive functions and origins.

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