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Passionate EnginesWhat Emotions Reveal about the Mind and Artificial Intelligence$
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Craig DeLancey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142713.001.0001

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The Computational Theory of Mind

The Computational Theory of Mind

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Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

A strong form of the computational theory of mind is shown to be incompatible with our best understanding of emotions. Basic emotions – because they are bodily states that influence perception, the formation and recall of memories, and motivate action – act across levels of description and function that are essentially distinct in a strong form of the computational theory of mind. Some features of emotions are shown not to be well modeled as a symbolic computational process, but each must be accounted for on a computational theory of mind since they can affect the kinds of mental processes meant to be explained by that theory.

Keywords:   computational theory of mind, emotion, functional levels, memory, perception

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