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Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems$
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Wayne D. Gray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189193.001.0001

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Integrating Emotional Processes into Decision-Making Models

Integrating Emotional Processes into Decision-Making Models

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Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems

Jerome R. Busemeyer

Eric Dimperio

Ryan K. Jessup

Oxford University Press

The role attributed to emotion in behavior has waxed and waned throughout the preceding century. When the recent cognitive revolution hit, theories of mental processes treated the brain as a computer. Models lost sight of the motivations and desires that went into thinking. This chapter reviews research demonstrating an influential role for motivation and emotion in decision making. Based on these findings, a formal model is presented for the selection of goals that integrates emotion and cognition into the decision-making process. This model is a natural extension of decision field theory, which has been successfully used to explain data in traditional decision-making tasks. This model assumes that emotions, motivations, and cognitions interact to produce a decision, as opposed to being processed independently and in parallel. By allowing emotion and cognition to coexist in a single process, this chapter demonstrates a testable model that is consistent with existing findings.

Keywords:   emotion, behavior, motivation, decision making, goals, cognition, decision field theory, decision

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