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date: 15 July 2020

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Psychologically, the emotions we feel about ourselves and about other people, known as social emotions, shape the very essence of our acculturated selves, including our relationships, morality, beliefs, and decisions. Neurobiologically, these emotions co-opt neurobiological mechanisms whose original, evolutionary purpose is to feel and regulate the body and to manage homeostasis. This confluence of social psychological and biological homeostatic functions has important implications for our understanding of human development, culture, and learning. Understanding the dynamic interplay of biology and culture in emotion will require integrating perspectives from anthropology, cultural psychology, psychiatry, child development, social affective neuroscience, and other disciplines, but it will ultimately shed new light on the inherently social nature of the human mind. Progress in this direction is reviewed, including experimental evidence, theoretical insights, practical benefits, and challenges.

Keywords: Embodiment, social learning, emotion, culture, education, neuroscience

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