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Re: [xmca] Polls are closed: Manfred Holodynsk's article is choice

Perhaps it's helpful to add that emotions are classic System X processes, especially at the start of ontogenesis. As Holodynski says, "emotions have an activity regulating function." What he then offers, on my reading, is a detailed account of how over the course of ontogenesis System C comes to play a role in emotionality. Key to this at the start of ontogenesis is that the dependence of an infant on adult caregivers means that the link between need and satisfaction must pass through the adult. The adults' interpretations of the infant's emotion signals thus mediate the outcome. This provides the (social) condition for (individual) development.

At the other end of the ontogenetic trajectory - well, we had a discussion recently about LSV's analysis of the way a cultural artifact -- a play. for example - can educate the emotions. 


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