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Why not emotions as motivated behaviors?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 August 2005

George Ainslie*
Affiliation:
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, PA 19320
John Monterosso*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024 http://www.picoeconomics.com

Abstract:

Lewis's dynamic systems approach is a refreshing change from the reflexology of most neuroscience, but it could go a step further: It could include the expected rewardingness of an emotion in the recursive feedback loop that determines whether the emotion will occur. Two possible objections to such a model are discussed: that emotions are not deliberate, and that negative emotions should lose out as instrumental choices.

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