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The Implicit MindCognitive Architecture, the Self, and Ethics$
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Michael Brownstein

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190633721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190633721.001.0001

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Perception, Emotion, Behavior, and Change

Perception, Emotion, Behavior, and Change

Components of Spontaneous Inclinations

(p.29) 2 Perception, Emotion, Behavior, and Change
The Implicit Mind

Michael Brownstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the four components of unplanned spontaneous inclinations. These are (1) noticing a salient Feature in the ambient environment; (2) feeling an immediate, directed, and affective Tension; (3) reacting Behaviorally; and (4) moving toward Alleviation of that tension in such a way that one’s spontaneous reactions can improve over time. Noticing a salient feature (F), in other words, sets a relatively automatic process in motion, involving co-activating particular feelings (T) and behaviors (B) that either will or will not diminish over time (A), depending on the success of the action. The interaction of FTBA components is described in terms of recent debates about the contents of perception, affective representation, and model-free and model-based evaluative learning.

Keywords:   action-oriented perception, perceptual content, affective representation, emotion, affordances, cognitive penetration, model-free learning, model-based learning

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