Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Structuring an emotional world

Jordan Grafman a1
a1 Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health MSC 1440, Bethesda, MD 20892-1440


Rolls emphasizes the role of emotion in behavior. My commentary provides some balance to that position by arguing that stored social knowledge dominates our behavior and controls emotional states, thereby reducing emotions to a subservient role in behavior.