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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

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

Joseph LeDoux

Oxford University Press

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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