Emotional colouration of consciousness: How feelings come about

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This chapter discusses how the brain consciously feels emotions. It argues that feelings are, in most cases, emotionally coloured cognitions, and that emotional consciousness is just a particular instance of cognitive awareness rather than a separate form of awareness mediated by a distinct neural system. It defines emotions, justify a focus on fear, explains that a fearful feeling is an emotionally coloured cognition, argues that working memory provides a useful framework for accounting for the emotional colouration of cognition, and considers the relation of language to consciousness and feelings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers of Consciousness
Subtitle of host publicationChichele Lectures
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191696596
ISBN (Print)9780199233151
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Coloured cognitions
  • Emotional colouration
  • Emotional consciousness
  • Emotions
  • Fear
  • Feelings
  • Language
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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