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Emotion drives all cognitive procedures, mostly picking their qualitative believe, their constitution, and partially even their content material. Action-initiating facilities deep within the emotional mind floor our figuring out of the realm via allowing us to visualize how lets act relative to it, according to endogenous motivations to have interaction sure degrees of power and complexity. hence realizing character, cognition, awareness and motion calls for studying the workings of dynamical structures utilized to emotional methods in residing organisms. If an object's which means depends upon its motion affordances, then knowing intentionality in emotion or cognition calls for exploring why emotion is the bridge among motion and representational procedures similar to suggestion or imagery; and this calls for integrating phenomenology with neurophysiology. The ensuing perspective, "enactivism," involves particular new predictions, and means that feelings are in regards to the self-initiated activities of dynamical platforms, now not reactive "responses" to exterior occasions; realization is extra approximately influenced anticipation than response to inputs. (Series A)

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The definitions being used here allow for the possibility of motivation without emotion. This does not preclude, however, that emotions themselves can motivate. There is nothing incoherent or nonsensical about making the claim that an emotion such as compassion, having been felt as an emotion, can then motivate kind behavior. To say this is only to say that the organism then wants to act in a kind way, and further environmental events can then either impede or facilitate the kind behavior, leading to still further emotions which may then motivate still further actions.

This is especially the case in the realm of the intentionality of emotion, where the psychophysical cause may be only a trigger for an emotion, and not at all what the emotion is really “about” – as in the example of the motorist who cuts me off. The intentional object(s) of a feeling may be distinguishable from both perceptual and imaginative objects, as well as from the physiological or environmental causes of the feeling. What a feeling is really about (its intentional object or objects) can be completely different from the physical workings of the brain (its causes), but also will not necessarily be the same as the perceptual and imaginative objects that are concurrent with the feeling.

Preconscious emotional intentionality gering event can also change; now it is not the motorist’s insulting behavior that bothers me, but the fact that he was oblivious to my very existence. I was too insignificant to qualify even for a personal insult. So far, I have argued that identifying the object or the cause of an affective feeling is no simple matter. , that we must add the causal interpretation in thought after we have felt the feeling. In some ways, this viewpoint is in agreement with the selforganizational point that qualia do not pinpoint specific objects, but instead refer to general action affordances of the environment in relation to the organism’s holistic condition.

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