The Somatic Appraisal Model of Affect: Paradigm for educational neuroscience and neuropedagogy

Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (1):87-97 (2011)
This chapter presents emotion as a function of brain-body interaction, as a vital part of a multi-tiered phylogenetic set of neural mechanisms, evoked by both instinctive processes and learned appraisal systems, and argues to establish the primacy of emotion in relation to cognition. Primarily based on Damasio's somatic marker hypothesis, but also incorporating elements of Lazarus' appraisal theory, this paper presents a neuropedagogical model of emotion, the somatic appraisal model of affect (SAMA). SAMA identifies quintessential components, facets, and functions of affect necessary to provide a new domain, namely educational neuroscience, with a basis on which to build a dynamic model of affect serving to critique traditional cognitivist-oriented curricula and instruction, and to inform an alternative: neuropedagogy
Keywords emotion  neuropedagogy  somatic appraisal  affect  educational neuroscience  emotion regulation  somatic marker hypothesis  cognition  cognitive appraisal theory
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00712.x
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