Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (8-10):158-184 (2005)

Basic affects reflect the diversity of satisfactions and discomforts that are inherited tools for living from our ancestral past. Affects are neurobiologically-ingrained potentials of the nervous system, which are triggered, moulded and refined by life experiences. Cognitive, information- processing approaches and computational metaphors cannot penetrate foundational affective processes. Animal models allow us to empirically analyse the large-scale neural ensembles that generate emotional-action dynamics that are critically important for creating emotional feelings. Such approaches offer robust neuro-epistemological strategies to decode the fundamental nature of affects in all mammals, including humans, but they remain to be widely implemented. Here I summarize how we can develop a cross-species affective neuroscience that probes the neural nature of emotional affective states by studying the instinctual emotional apparatus of the mammalian body and brain. Affective feelings and emotional actions may reflect the dynamics of the primal viscero-somatic homunculus of SELF-representation
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,066
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Animal Intelligence.Edward L. Thorndike - 1911 - Psych Revmonog 8 (2):207-208.

View all 29 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Context-Switching and Responsiveness to Real Relevance.Erik Rietveld - 2012 - In Julian Kiverstein & Michael Wheeler (eds.), Heidegger and Cognitive Science. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Appraising Valence.Giovanna Colombetti - 2005 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (8-10):8-10.

View all 13 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Affect Systems and Neural Systems.Eric A. Salzen - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (2):216-217.


Added to PP index

Total views
213 ( #48,717 of 2,454,516 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #225,727 of 2,454,516 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes