EMOTIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS: A NEURAL MODEL OF HOW COGNITIVE APPRAISAL AND SOMATIC PERCEPTION INTERACT TO PRODUCE QUALITATIVE EXPERIENCE
Speaker: Paul Thagard
This talk proposes a theory of how conscious emotional experience is
produced by the brain as the result of many interacting brain areas
coordinated in working memory. These brain areas integrate
perceptions of bodily states of an organism with cognitive appraisals
of its current situation. Emotions are neural processes that
represent the overall cognitive and somatic state of the organism.
Conscious experience arises when neural representations achieve high
activation as part of working memory. This theory explains numerous
phenomena concerning emotional consciousness, including
differentiation, integration, intensity, valence, and change.