A Note on the Neurobiology of Emotions

Antonio R. Damasio

in Altruism and Altruistic Love

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848119 | DOI:
A Note on the Neurobiology of Emotions

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Altruistic love is an emotion, a very complex emotion. It is a naturally a very complex feeling. Feelings are the mental representation of all the changes that occur in the body and in the brain during an emotional state. Emotion usually brings to mind one of the so-called primary or universal emotions. Pleasure and pain, drives and motivations, are the deep components of the complex phenomena we call emotions and feelings. In the language of neurobiology, emotions are complicated collections of chemical and neural responses, initiated in the brain and forming a pattern. All emotions participate in achieving, directly or indirectly, a biological correction of some kind. Feelings are images, and those images derive from the neural patterns that represent the entire range of changes associated with an emotion. Emotions are biologically constructed processes and depend on brain devices available at birth.

Keywords: emotion; feelings; pleasure and pain; motivations; responses

Chapter.  3612 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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