What Are Emotional States , and Why Do We Have Them ?

@inproceedings{Rolls2013WhatAE,
  title={What Are Emotional States , and Why Do We Have Them ?},
  author={Edmund T. Rolls},
  year={2013}
}
An approach to emotion is described in which emotions are defined as states elicited by instrumental reinforcers, that is, by stimuli that are the goals for action. This leads to a theory of the evolutionary adaptive value of emotions, which is that different genes specify different goals in their own self-interest, and any actions can then be learned and performed by instrumental learning to obtain the goals. The brain mechanisms for emotion in brain regions such as the orbitofrontal and… CONTINUE READING
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