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  1. Edmund T. Rolls (2013). A Biased Activation Theory of the Cognitive and Attentional Modulation of Emotion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7.
    Cognition can influence emotion by biasing neural activity in the first cortical region in which the reward value and subjective pleasantness of stimuli is made explicit in the representation, the orbitofrontal cortex. The same effect occurs in a second cortical tier for emotion, the anterior cingulate cortex. Similar effects are found for selective attention, to for example the pleasantness vs the intensity of stimuli, which modulates representations of reward value and affect in the orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortices. The mechanisms (...)
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  2. Edmund T. Rolls (2013). On the Relation Between the Mind and the Brain: A Neuroscience Perspective. Philosophia Scientiae 17:31-70.
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  3. Edmund T. Rolls (2013). What Are Emotional States, and Why Do We Have Them? Emotion Review 5 (3):241-247.
    An approach to emotion is described in which emotions are defined as states elicited by instrumental reinforcers, that is, by stimuli that are the goals for action. This leads to a theory of the evolutionary adaptive value of emotions, which is that different genes specify different goals in their own self-interest, and any actions can then be learned and performed by instrumental learning to obtain the goals. The brain mechanisms for emotion in brain regions such as the orbitofrontal and anterior (...)
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  4. Edmund T. Rolls (2012). Neuroculture: On the Implications of Brain Science. OUP Oxford.
    Why do we have emotions? What are the bases of social behaviour? What is the relationship between the mind and the brain? How, and why, do we appreciate art? How do we make decisions? Are there biological foundations to ethical behaviour? Why do people follow religions, or believe in life after death? -/- These wide-ranging, but important questions are just some of those considered in this exploration of the field of neuroscience, and how it can crucially inform our knowledge across (...)
     
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  5. Fabian Grabenhorst & Edmund T. Rolls (2011). Value, Pleasure and Choice in the Ventral Prefrontal Cortex. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15 (2):56-67.
    Rapid advances have recently been made in understanding how value-based decision-making processes are implemented in the brain. We integrate neuroeconomic and computational approaches with evidence on the neural correlates of value and experienced pleasure to describe how systems for valuation and decision-making are organized in the prefrontal cortex of humans and other primates. We show that the orbitofrontal and ventromedial prefrontal (VMPFC) cortices compute expected value, reward outcome and experienced pleasure for different stimuli on a common value scale. Attractor networks (...)
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  6. Edmund T. Rolls (2011). Affective Feelings and Aesthetics. In Elisabeth Schellekens & Peter Goldie (eds.), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press. 116.
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  7. Edmund T. Rolls (2008). Emotion, Higher-Order Syntactic Thoughts, and Consciousness. In Lawrence Weiskrantz & Martin Davies (eds.), Frontiers of Consciousness. Oxford University Press. 131--167.
  8. Edmund T. Rolls (2007). Emotion Explained. OUP Oxford.
    What produces emotions? Why do we have emotions? How do we have emotions? Why do emotional states feel like something? This book seeks explanations of emotion by considering these questions. -/- Emotion continues to be a topic of enormous scientific interest. 'Emotion Explained' describes the nature, functions, and brain mechanisms that underlie both emotion and motivation. However it goes beyond examining brain mechanisms of emotion, by proposing a theory of what emotions are, and an evolutionary, Darwinian, theory of the adaptive (...)
     
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  9. Edmund T. Rolls (2007). Memory, Attention, and Decision-Making: A Unifying Computational Neuroscience Approach. OUP Oxford.
    Memory, attention, and decision-making are three major areas of psychology. They are frequently studied in isolation, and using a range of models to understand them. This book brings a unified approach to understanding these three processes. It shows how these fundamental functions for cognitive neuroscience can be understood in a common and unifying computational neuroscience framework. This framework links empirical research on brain function from neurophysiology, functional neuroimaging, and the effects of brain damage, to a description of how neural networks (...)
     
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  10. Edmund T. Rolls (2007). The Affective Neuroscience of Consciousness: Higher Order Syntactic Thoughts, Dual Routes to Emotion and Action, and Consciousness. In Philip David Zelazo, Morris Moscovitch & Evan Thompson (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge.
  11. Edmund T. Rolls (2006). Consciousness Absent and Present: A Neurophysiological Exploration of Masking. In Haluk Ögmen & Bruno G. Breitmeyer (eds.), The First Half Second: The Microgenesis and Temporal Dynamics of Unconscious and Conscious Visual Processes. Mit Press. 89-108.
  12. Edmund T. Rolls (2004). A Higher Order Syntactic Thought (HOST) Theory of Consciousness. In Rocco J. Gennaro (ed.), Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness: An Anthology. John Benjamins.
  13. Edmund T. Rolls (2004). What Are Emotions, Why Do We Have Emotions, and What is Their Computational Basis in the Brain? In J. Fellous (ed.), Who Needs Emotions. Oxford University Press.
     
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  14. Edmund T. Rolls (2001). Representations in the Brain. Synthese 129 (2):153-171.
    The representation of objects and faces by neurons in the temporal lobe visual cortical areas of primates has the property that the neurons encode relatively independent information in their firing rates. This means that the number of stimuli that can be encoded increases exponentially with the number of neurons in an ensemble. Moreover, the information can be read by receiving neurons that perform just a synaptically weighted sum of the firing rates being received. Some ways in which these representations become (...)
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  15. Mihai Vacariu, Edmund T. Rolls & Gabriel Vacariu (2001). Introduction. Synthese 129 (2):151-151.
  16. Edmund T. Rolls (2000). On the Brain and Emotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (2):219-228.
    There are many advantages to defining emotions as states elicited by reinforcers, with the states having a set of different functions. This approach leads towards an understanding of the nature of emotion, of its evolutionary adaptive value, and of many principles of brain design. It also leads towards a foundation for many of the processes that underlie evolutionary psychology and behavioral ecology. It is shown that recent as well as previous evidence implicates the amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex in positive as (...)
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  17. Edmund T. Rolls (2000). Précis of the Brain and Emotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (2):177-191.
    The topics treated in The brain and emotion include the definition, nature, and functions of emotion (Ch. 3); the neural bases of emotion (Ch. 4); reward, punishment, and emotion in brain design (Ch. 10); a theory of consciousness and its application to understanding emotion and pleasure (Ch. 9); and neural networks and emotion-related learning (Appendix). The approach is that emotions can be considered as states elicited by reinforcers (rewards and punishers). This approach helps with understanding the functions of emotion, with (...)
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  18. M. Ito, Y. Miyashita & Edmund T. Rolls (eds.) (1997). [Book Chapter]. Oxford University Press.
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  19. M. Ito, Y. Miyashita & Edmund T. Rolls (eds.) (1997). Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
  20. Masao Itō, Y. Miyashita & Edmund T. Rolls (eds.) (1997). Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
    Understanding consciousness is a truly multidisciplinary project, attracting intense interest from researchers and theorists from diverse backgrounds. Thus, we now have computational scientists, neuroscientists, and philosophers all engaged in the same effort. This book draws together the work of leading researchers around the world, providing insights from these three general perspectives. The work is highlighted by a rare look at work being conducted by Japanese researchers.
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  21. Edmund T. Rolls (1997). Consciousness in Neural Networks? Neural Networks 10:1227-1303.
  22. Edmund T. Rolls (1997). ShimonUllmanHigh-Level Vision: Object Recognition and Visual Cognition£ 29.50 (Xviii+ 412 Pages) 1996MIT PressBradfordISBN 0 262 21013 4. [REVIEW] Trends in Cognitive Sciences 1 (5):197.
     
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  23. Edmund T. Rolls (1995). A Theory of Emotion and Consciousness, and its Application to Understanding the Neural Basis of Emotion. In Michael S. Gazzaniga (ed.), The Cognitive Neurosciences. Mit Press.
  24. Edmund T. Rolls (1990). A Theory of Emotion, and its Application to Understanding the Neural Basis of Emotion. Cognition and Emotion 4 (3):161-190.
  25. Edmund T. Rolls (1990). Functions of Neuronal Networks in the Hippocampus and of Backprojections in the Cerebral Cortex in Memory. In J. McGaugh, Jerry Weinberger & G. Lynch (eds.), Brain Organization and Memory. Guilford Press. 184--210.
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