Emotion in Cultural Dynamics

Yoshihisa Kashima, Alin Coman, Janet V.T. Pauketat, Vincent Yzerbyt

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Emotion is critical for cultural dynamics, that is, for the formation, maintenance, and transformation of culture over time. We outline the component micro- and macro-level processes of cultural dynamics, and argue that emotion not only facilitates the transmission and retention of cultural information, but also is shaped and crafted by cultural dynamics. Central to this argument is our understanding of emotion as a complete information package that signals the adaptive significance of the information that the agent is processing. It captures an agent’s appraisal about the relationship between themself and the object of emotional focus, as well as action orientation and allostasis in context. We discuss implications of this perspective in the context of the changing natural and geopolitical environment, and future cultural dynamics into the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-64
Number of pages17
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


  • cultural change
  • cultural dynamics
  • cultural evolution
  • emotion generation
  • emotion regulation


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