Emotion: Clues from the Brain

Emotion: Clues from the Brain Despite the obvious importance of emotion to human existence, scientists concerned with human nature have not been able to reach a consensus about what emotion is and what place emotion should have in a theory of mind and behavior. Controversy abounds over the definition of emotion, the number of emotions that exist, whether some emotions are more basic than others, the commonality of certain emotional response patterns across cultures and across species, whether different emotions have different physiological signatures, the extent to which emotional responses contribute to emotional experiences, 0066-4308/95/0201-0209$05.00 LEDOUX the role of nature and nurture in emotion, the influence of emotion on cogni­ tive processes, the dependence of emotion on cognition, the importance of conscious versus unconscious processes in emotion, and on and on (see Ek­ man & Davidson1994). Although there has been no shortage of psychological research on these topics, the findings have not resolved many of the issues in a compelling manner. But psychological research is not the only source of information about the nature of emotion. Information about the representation of emotion in the brain may shed light on the nature of emotional processes. First, information about how emotion is represented in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Psychology Annual Reviews

Emotion: Clues from the Brain

Annual Review of Psychology, Volume 46 (1) – Feb 1, 1995

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Annual Reviews
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Copyright 1995 Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
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Review Articles
ISSN
0066-4308
eISSN
1545-2085
DOI
10.1146/annurev.ps.46.020195.001233
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7872730
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Abstract

Despite the obvious importance of emotion to human existence, scientists concerned with human nature have not been able to reach a consensus about what emotion is and what place emotion should have in a theory of mind and behavior. Controversy abounds over the definition of emotion, the number of emotions that exist, whether some emotions are more basic than others, the commonality of certain emotional response patterns across cultures and across species, whether different emotions have different physiological signatures, the extent to which emotional responses contribute to emotional experiences, 0066-4308/95/0201-0209$05.00 LEDOUX the role of nature and nurture in emotion, the influence of emotion on cogni­ tive processes, the dependence of emotion on cognition, the importance of conscious versus unconscious processes in emotion, and on and on (see Ek­ man & Davidson1994). Although there has been no shortage of psychological research on these topics, the findings have not resolved many of the issues in a compelling manner. But psychological research is not the only source of information about the nature of emotion. Information about the representation of emotion in the brain may shed light on the nature of emotional processes. First, information about how emotion is represented in the

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Published: Feb 1, 1995

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