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Consciousness of emotions and action selection

  • Guido Gainotti (a1) (a2)


The domain of emotions corresponds to the consciousness model proposed by Morsella et al. The action schemata unconsciously activated by spontaneous emotions are indeed automatically selected from a small number of innate operative patterns, whereas behavioral responses selected at the cognitive level of emotional processing consist of strategic plans, leading to a conscious integration of goal-directed actions.



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  • Guido Gainotti (a1) (a2)


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