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Lawrence Weiskrantz and Martin Davies

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233151.001.0001

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Emotional colouration of consciousness: how feelings come about

Emotional colouration of consciousness: how feelings come about

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(p.69) Chapter 3 Emotional colouration of consciousness: how feelings come about
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Frontiers of Consciousness
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Joseph LeDoux

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233151.003.0003

This chapter discusses how the brain consciously feels emotions. It argues that feelings are, in most cases, emotionally coloured cognitions, and that emotional consciousness is just a particular instance of cognitive awareness rather than a separate form of awareness mediated by a distinct neural system. It defines emotions, justify a focus on fear, explains that a fearful feeling is an emotionally coloured cognition, argues that working memory provides a useful framework for accounting for the emotional colouration of cognition, and considers the relation of language to consciousness and feelings.

Keywords:   emotions, coloured cognitions, emotional consciousness, fear, memory, emotional colouration, language, feelings

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