Rethinking Emotions And The Emotion Paradox

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Running head: RETHINKING EMOTIONS IN THE BRAIN 1 Running head: RETHINKING EMOTIONS IN THE BRAIN 15 Rethinking Emotions in the Brain: The Emotion Paradox Cristian Solano-Cordova Metropolitan State University of Denver Rethinking Emotions in the Brain: The Emotion Paradox Introduction Emotions are those pesky little things that fly around our bodies with us rarely realizing how much our emotions guide our actions, whether it be in our economic or political life, but even in the fundamental way that we perceive the world around us. The popular children’s film "Inside Out" teaches our children how to deal with their emotions, depicting the popular psychology conception of our emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger play…show more content…
On one side stands the classical categorical approach that posits that genetically entrenched emotional categories exist universally across human beings. Meanwhile, the constructionist approach posits that our emotions are constructed by the same systems that “simulate” our reality and our sense of self inside our brains and thus hypothesizes that our emotions should also be susceptible to being neurologically informed by our own values, judgements, and experience. Because of this academic dance essential to moving science forward, humanity could be on the precipice of a paradigm shift in how we think about our emotions and finally resolve what neuroscientists call "the emotion paradox" by shining a spotlight on the constructed theory of emotion, which provides a richer framework for comprehending of how our emotions work and how they help simultaneously create and explain our reality while also, supposedly, conforming to the neurologic state of the evidence. Perception Basics Though we do not yet know how our brains can produce something so complex as our consciousness, we do know more about many of underlying systems work, which are crucial to understanding the neurological basis of emotions. Everybody has good days when we walk to our car in the morning with coffee in hand on our way to work feeling of
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