Additional Constraints And Processes Within Spaars

So far in this chapter we have outlined the SPAARS model of emotion with its four basic levels/formats of representation: analogical, propositional, schematic model, and associative. Within this architecture we have proposed two routes to emotion which we have discussed in some detail: via appraisal at the schematic model level, and via the associative level. In this section we elaborate on some of the details of the SPAARS approach by turning to some of the other points generated by our review of theories of emotional order in Chapter 3. These issues are those of consciousness, inhibition, and modularity. Finally, we shall also touch on some of the points generated by the review of theories of emotional disorder in Chapter 4 such as the role of life events, the issue of vulnerability, and the possibility of emotion coupling.

First of all, however, having now presented the model in its entirety, we must return to a discussion of schematic models because it is these representations that are the organising principles of the whole SPAARS system.

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