Constructing contempt

Victoria L. Spring, Christopher Daryl Cameron, Kurt Gray, Kristen A. Lindquist

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Gervais & Fessler argue that contempt is a natural kind and that its experience cannot be explained by a constructionist account of emotion. We dispute these claims and offer a positive constructionist model of contempt that accounts for the existing evidence and unifies conflicting findings in the literature on contempt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e246
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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