Self-deception and emotional coherence

Minds and Machines 13 (2):213-231 (2003)
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Abstract

This paper proposes that self-deception results from the emotional coherence of beliefs with subjective goals. We apply the HOTCO computational model of emotional coherence to simulate a rich case of self-deception from Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.We argue that this model is more psychologically realistic than other available accounts of self-deception, and discuss related issues such as wishful thinking, intention, and the division of the self

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Conceptual Revolutions.Paul Thagard - 1992 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Self-Deception Unmasked.Alfred R. Mele - 2001 - Princeton University Press.

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