Week 3 -Emotions, Feelings, & Consciousness 1 SV

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Emotions, Feelings, Introduction to Damasio’s Theory of Consciousness The Role of Emotions
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Why study emotion? Curiosity How are our behaviors influenced by emotion? What role does emotion play in social interactions? Medicine How do emotions play a role in illness? What purpose to emotions play in maintaining homeostasis of the organism? The Arts How does emotion assists creativity? How does emotion influence your experience of art?
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Emotions and Evolution Emotion is not unique to humans Evidence of emotions is observed in nonhumans, including unicellular species The telltale sign is that emotions are at the core of certain behaviors Therefore, emotion is not a “new” product of evolution Since we observe it in lower organism, there’s nothing unique to humans experiencing emotions. However, the experience of emotion is more complex in humans than other organism
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Purpose of Emotions Descarte’s Error (Damasio, 1994) Emotional Intelligence (Goleman, 1996) The Feeling of What Happens (Damasio, 1999)
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The Problem of Consciousness “ . . . understanding how the brain inside the human organism engenders the mental patterns we call, for lack of a better term, the image of an object” “This is the problem of how, in parallel with
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