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Edmund T. Rolls

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570035.001.0001

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Emotional feelings and consciousness: a theory of consciousness

Emotional feelings and consciousness: a theory of consciousness

(p.400) Chapter 10 Emotional feelings and consciousness: a theory of consciousness
Emotion Explained

Edmund T. Rolls

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks the questions: Why do emotional states (or any states) feel like something? What is the function of consciousness? Language enables us to work for deferred rewards: an explicit route to action. A theory of consciousness involving higher order thoughts and solving the credit assignment problem in a multi-step plan is given in this chapter. What emotional processes can occur subconsciously or without consciousness? Separate implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) routes to action are described. Finally, the chapter covers the topic of free will and its relation to consciousness, emotion, reward, and punishment.

Keywords:   consciousness, implicit system, explicit system, language, higher order thought, free will

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