Generation of emotions via the associative level a summary

In this section we have proposed that there is a second method of emotion generation that occurs via an associative level of representation within SPAARS. This type of emotion generation happens in the absence of any concurrent appraisal process via the schematic model level. With emotions generated in this way it is as if a concurrent appraisal is occurring, when in fact it has occurred at some point in the emotional past but subsequently become instantiated as part of an associative representational system. Essentially, this associative generation of emotion is a function of frequently occurring aspects of the individual's emotional life being efficiently "handed over" by the schematic model level to a different part of the system. Emotion generation can become associatively driven to external or internal events, to propositional/schematic interpretations, and/or to propositional events. Associative emotion generation within SPAARS is most usually a function of the repetition of event-emotion combinations. However, a number of factors such as taste aversion or the preparedness of the events can facilitate the development of the associative process. Finally, we propose that associatively generated emotions happen invariably in the presence of the event, are difficult to modify, and are inflexible.

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