EmotionEmotion and CultureSome aspects of emotion are universal to all cultures, while other aspects differ across cultures. Similarities Among CulturesEkman and his colleagues have found that people in different cultures can identify the six basic emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust. The physiological indicators of emotion are similar in people from different cultures.Facial Expressions Are Innate Both people who can see and people who have been blind since birth have similar facial expressions of emotions. This observation suggests that facial expressions are innate, since blind people could not have learned these expressions by observing others.Differences Among CulturesAlthough many emotions and expressions of emotions are universal, some differences exist among cultures:•Categories of emotions: People in different cultures categorize emotions differently. Some languages have labels for emotions that are not labeled in other languages.
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