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date: 07 July 2022

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This essay first reviewsthe role of language in several prominent theories of emotion. Next, empirical evidence for the role of language in emotion perception is reviewed and the neural basis of language and emotion is considered. In doing so, implications for the field of emotion perception are discussed and a possible mechanism through which words might exert their influence on perception is considered. The essay ends with a discussion of how language is embodied in emotion experience and considers the role of language in emotion perception and experience from several special populations.

Keywords: language, emotion, facial depictions, levels of processing, psychological constructionism

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