Emotion and Consciousness

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Review
Disciplines: 
Neuroscience
Topics: 
Emotion
Deposited by: 
Naotsugu Tsuchiya
Contact email: 
naotsu@gmail.com
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Ralph Adolphs
Editors: 
Nao
Journal/Publication Title: 
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Series Name: 
Nao Tsuchiya
Volume: 
Nao Tsuchiya
Page Range: 
158-167
Number of Pages: 
10
Publisher: 
Elsevier
ID number: 
United States
Official URL: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VH9-4N4S694-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=5a90d907fef51f95c4ce48367923a365
Alternative URL: 
http://emotion.caltech.edu/papers/TsuchiyaAdolphs2007Emotion.pdf
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
Consciousness and emotion feature prominently in our personal lives, yet remain enigmatic. Recent advances prompt further distinctions that should provide more experimental traction: we argue that emotion consists of an emotion state (functional aspects, including emotional response) as well as feelings (the conscious experience of the emotion), and that consciousness consists of level (e.g. coma, vegetative state and wakefulness) and content (what it is we are conscious of). Not only is consciousness important to aspects of emotion but structures that are important for emotion, such as brainstem nuclei and midline cortices, overlap with structures that regulate the level of consciousness. The intersection of consciousness and emotion is ripe for experimental investigation, and we outline possible examples for future studies.
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