Sunday, June 12, 2011

Higher Cognitive Emotions

Emotions is like love should be called ‘higher cognitive emotions’, because they involve much more cortical processing than basic emotions.

Most researchers include love, jealousy, pride, shame, guilt, embarrassment and envy in this group.

These emotions are similar to basic in that they are universal, but there are also variations on the way that they are expressed and experienced by different cultures, and there is also no single facial expression associated with them.

While basic emotions are largely processed in cortical structures buried beneath the surface of the brain emotion like love are more associated with areas of the neocortex.

The neocortex is the part of the brain than has expanded most in the past five millions years of human evolution and supports most of our most complex cognitive abilities such as explicit logical analysis.

The fact that the higher cognitive emotions are more cortical than the basic emotion means that they are more capable of being influenced by conscious thoughts, and this in turn is probably what allows higher cognitive emotions to me more culturally variable than the basic emotions.
Higher Cognitive Emotions

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