Moving Up the Food Chain


in Who Needs Emotions?

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166194
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847020 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Moving Up the Food                                 Chain

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This chapter investigates the relationship between motivations and emotions as evidenced by a broad range of animal models, including humans. It explains that emotions constitute a subset of motivations that provide support for an agent's survival in a complex world and that both emotions and motivations affect behavioural performance. It reviews actual robotic examples that have provided useful environments where questions about emotions and motivations can be addressed and describes an ongoing modelling effort to address the issue of time-varying affect-related phenomena such as personality traits, attitudes, moods, and emotions.

Keywords: motivation; emotion; personality traits; attitudes; moods

Chapter.  8339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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