Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Mechanisms of the occasional self

Don M. Tucker a1
a1 Electrical Geodesics, Inc., Eugene, OR 97405


Considered in relation to the component brain systems of appraisal-emotion interactions, dynamical systems theory blurs the divisions that seem obvious in a psychological analysis, such as between arousal, emotion, and appraisal. At the same time, the component brain mechanisms can themselves be seen to be incomplete as units of analysis, making sense only in the context of the whole organism.