Fundamental feelings

  title={Fundamental feelings},
  author={Antonio R. Damasio},
The groundwork for the science of emotion was laid down most auspiciously over a century ago, but neuroscience has given the problem a resolute cold shoulder until recently. By the time that Charles Darwin had remarked on the continuity of emotional phenomena from non-human species to humans; William James had proposed an insightful mechanism for its production; Sigmund Freud had noted the central role of emotions in psychopathological states; and Charles Sherrington had begun the physiological… 

Some Speculative Hypotheses about the Nature and Perception of Dance and Choreography

Ever since I first saw a dance performance I have wondered why it is that I am sometimes fascinated and touched by some people moving about on a stage, while at other times it leaves me completely

Affective Incarnations: Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Challenge to Bodily Theories of Emotion

In this article, we outline and discuss Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s description of affective and emotional life as found in Phenomenology of Perception, including his portrayal of the affective

‘Real Processes’ and the Explanatory Status of Repression and Inhibition

The recent interest in neuroscientific psychodynamic research (‘neuropsychoanalysis’) has meant that empirical findings are emerging which allow greater public scrutiny of psychodynamic concepts.

Bodily Contributions to Emotion: Schachter’s Legacy for a Psychological Constructionist View on Emotion

Although early emotion theorists posited that bodily changes contribute to emotion, the primary view in affective science over the last century has been that emotions produce bodily changes. Recent

Does vivid emotional imagery depend on body signals?

The Structure of Mind and the Role of Consciousness

  • B. Earl
  • Psychology, Biology
  • 2019
The mechanisms of mind generally operate with unconscious information, but they sometimes benefit from access to conscious information, and some mechanisms may have evolved to function solely with conscious information or use only conscious information in some situations.

Importance, limits and caveats of the use of “disorders of consciousness” to theorize consciousness

Abstract The clinical and fundamental exploration of patients suffering from disorders of consciousness (DoC) is commonly used by researchers both to test some of their key theoretical predictions

Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise

Data indicate that the mental expertise to cultivate positive emotion alters the activation of circuitries previously linked to empathy and theory of mind in response to emotional stimuli.

The Brain Stress Systems II: The Mind Level of Brain Operations

These mind-level operations affect all of those other processes in a top-down manner and can alter feelings of body state in powerful ways that incline the child either toward health and well-being or toward ill health and dis-ease.

AEDP: Transformance In Action

Diana Fosha, Ph.D. It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to share some aspects of my work with the members of the community for which the GAINS newsletter is such a unifying source of