Historical pitfalls and new directions in the neuroscience of emotion

Neurosci Lett. 2019 Feb 6;693:9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.07.045. Epub 2017 Jul 26.


In this article, we offer a brief history summarizing the last century of neuroscientific study of emotion, highlighting dominant themes that run through various schools of thought. We then summarize the current state of the field, followed by six key points for scientific progress that are inspired by a multi-level constructivist theory of emotion.

Keywords: Active inference; Affect; Allostasis; Construction; Emotion; Interoception; Predictive coding; Theory of constructed emotion; fmri.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Emotions / physiology*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Neurosciences / history*