José Alberto García Vázquez, Katia A. Figueroa-Rodríguez, Josafhat Salinas Ruiz, Joel Velasco Velasco, Dora María Sangerman Jarquín


Background: Emotions can be defined as a temporary state aroused by relevant external biological stimuli, either adverse or positive that have specific effects on the organism both in the body and in the mind. Research that has focused on emotions has grown exponentially even in areas such as agronomy and biology. Objective: This research aimed to explore current research on emotions, in order to achieve a better understanding of how they have been addressed in the field of agricultural and biological sciences. Methodology: VOSviewer software was used to conduct a co-occurrence analysis on 792 articles related to emotions published in the Elsevier® Scopus® database, the countries that published the most, scientific journals, and institutions were also analyzed. Main findings: The results show that the United States is the most productive country. In the early stages, the functioning of the human brain was characterized, later, studies with a cognitive, physiological and psychological approach were carried out and in recent years, research focused on consumer behavior. Implications. This study contributes to a better understanding of emotions and their implications in different aspects, such as nutrition, health and emotional well-being; highlighting the need for a multidisciplinary approach for a better approximation to the understanding of the complexity that occurs in agroecosystems, particularly those in tropical and subtropical zones that face considerable gaps with respect to other regions.  Conclusions: It is concluded that research on emotions is having an impact on the understanding of perception and intentions that society has to acquire goods and services provided from the agri-food sector.


Animal welfare; brain function; biophilia; bibliometrics.

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