How do we construct emotions?

How do we construct emotions? In this Chapter of the Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition, 2nd ed., Fiorella Del Popolo Cristaldi, Suzanne Oosterwijk, and Lisa Feldman Barrett show how our emotion concepts arise from predictive processes. Within a collection of chapters dedicated to presenting a variety of perspectives on what it means to describe cognition (and emotion) as embodied, the authors propose the idea that emotional experience is grounded in the continuous process through which our brain is constantly generating predictions about the future visceromotor states of our bodies. These predictions will, if confirmed, produce the emotional experiences on which the predictions are based. The authors speculate that such predictive processes may be crucial to social cognition – our understanding of others – as our brains rely on models of our own internal states to predict the emotional lives of those around us.