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Who Needs Emotions?The brain meets the robot$
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Jean-Marc Fellous and Michael A. Arbib

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.001.0001

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What Are Emotions, Why Do We Have Emotions, and What Is Their Computational Basis in the Brain?

What Are Emotions, Why Do We Have Emotions, and What Is Their Computational Basis in the Brain?

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Who Needs Emotions?
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EDMUND T. ROLLS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.003.0005

This chapter examines the concept of emotions and their computational basis in the brain. It defines emotions as states elicited by the so-called reinforcers and explains that this definition may help provide a better understanding of the functions and classifications of emotions and the information processing systems in the brain that are involved in emotion. It proposes a hypothesis that brains are designed around reward and punishment evaluation systems, because this is the way genes can build a complex system that will produce appropriate but flexible behaviour to increase their fitness.

Keywords:   emotion, brain, information processing, flexible behaviour, genes, fitness

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