The Experience of Emotion
Boston College - Department of Psychology
Wake Forest University - Department of Psychology
Kevin N. Ochsner
Columbia University - Department of Psychology
James J. Gross
Stanford University - Psychology
Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 58, January 2007
Experiences of emotion are content-rich events that emerge at the level of psychological description, but must be causally constituted by neurobiological processes. This chapter outlines an emerging scientific agenda for understanding what these experiences feel like and how they arise. We review the available answers to what is felt (i.e., the content that makes up an experience of emotion) and how neurobiological processes instantiate these properties of experience. These answers are then integrated into a broad framework that describes, in psychological terms, how the experience of emotion emerges from more basic processes. We then discuss the role of such experiences in the economy of the mind and behavior.
Keywords: emotion, affect, consciousness
Date posted: December 21, 2007
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