Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Why not emotions as motivated behaviors?


George Ainslie a1 and John Monterosso a2
a1 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, PA 19320 George.Ainslie@med.va.gov
a2 Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024 jmont@ucla.edu http://www.picoeconomics.com

Abstract

Lewis's dynamic systems approach is a refreshing change from the reflexology of most neuroscience, but it could go a step further: It could include the expected rewardingness of an emotion in the recursive feedback loop that determines whether the emotion will occur. Two possible objections to such a model are discussed: that emotions are not deliberate, and that negative emotions should lose out as instrumental choices.



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