Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Definition of Emotions

Definition of Emotions
Feelings are a dominant force in learning, they are powerful and meaningful. Different researchers, give define emotions differently. There are biologically-oriented researchers who define emotions as very close to simple biological states, or electro-chemical reactions. There are psychologists who define emotions as conscious experience.

Most people who study emotions are somewhere in between and they view emotions as a coordinated response system, so that an emotion occurs when there are certain biological, certain experiential, and certain cognitive states which all occur simultaneously.

In other words, emotions operate on many levels. They have a physical aspect as well as a psychological aspect. According to the expert, there is evidence that emotions are a motor activity as well. Emotions, then, bridge thought, feeling, and action – they operate in every part of a person, they affect many aspects of the person, and the person affects many aspects of the emotions.

As researchers work to identify the core emotions, the lists vary depending on the researcher's area of focus. Some lists focus on chemicals, some on facial expressions, some on cross-cultural similarities, some on behaviors. In general, researchers agree that there are different kinds of emotions/feelings.

One expert define emotions originate from exposure to specific situations. The nature and the intensity of the emotion are usually related to cognitive activity in the form of the perception of the situation. That thought process or perception results in the experience and/or the expression of a related feeling.
Definition of Emotions


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