Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Mechanisms of the occasional self


Don M. Tucker a1
a1 Electrical Geodesics, Inc., Eugene, OR 97405 dtucker@egi.com www.egi.com

Abstract

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.