Emotion Generation Via Schematic Models

We now have a significant part of the main framework of the theory of emotion that is the centrepiece of this volume. So far in this chapter we have reiterated the argument that the components of the emotion process always involve: event, interpretation, appraisal, action potential, physiological change, and conscious awareness. We then sketched out the principal divisions in the content of the mind which we feel are useful to adopt in an understanding of emotions. Finally we have described three formats of representational architecture within which these other constraints and processes can be instantiated. In this section we shall endeavour to bring about a rapprochement between these aspects of the theory to illustrate the first of two proposed ways in which emotions are generated. In this case via the activation of the schematic model level of meaning. First, it will be useful to illustrate how the three main domains of information that are represented in the mind (knowledge and models of the world, knowledge and models of the self, knowledge and models of others) are captured by the analogical, propositional, and schematic model representation formats. More importantly, it is necessary to return to the question of goals because it is the relationship between schematic models and goals that provides the functionality within our proposed model of emotion.

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