Field of Science

Overheard: Converting common knowledge into scientific knowledge

Because they are so familiar, it is easy to assume that category labels drawn from everyday language are self-evidently the correct way to describe emotion. However, transforming everyday categorical descriptions into an effective research tool is at the least a challenge.

Cowie & Cornelius (2003) Describing the emotional states that are expressed in speech. Speech Communication 40, 5-32.

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