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Deeper than ReasonEmotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art$
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Jenefer Robinson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199263655.001.0001

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Emotion as Process

Emotion as Process

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Deeper than Reason

Jenefer Robinson (Contributor Webpage)

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How do we reconcile the insights of the judgement theorists into emotion with the empirical data from the psychologists? Following the neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, it is suggested that there are two different processing systems in emotion, a very rapid instinctive appraisal system that occurs too fast for cognitive mediation and a slower cognitive system that monitors the results of the fast affective non-cognitive system. An emotional response is a process in which a physiological response caused by an affective appraisal fastens attention on events in the (inner or outer) environment that are very significant to a person's (or animal's) survival and/or well-being, and prepares the person (animal) to deal with this situation. The affective appraisal is a coarse-grained appraisal that is in turn monitored by a more-fined cognitive appraisal.

Keywords:   Joseph LeDoux, judgement theory, cognitive system, non-cognitive system, physiological response, emotional response

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