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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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The Architectural Role of Emotion in Cognitive Systems

The Architectural Role of Emotion in Cognitive Systems

(p.230) 16 The Architectural Role of Emotion in Cognitive Systems
Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems

Jonathan Gratch

Stacy Marsella

Oxford University Press

This chapter revisits an old argument that theories of human emotion can give insight into the design and control of complex cognitive systems. In particular, it argues that appraisal theories of emotion provide essential insight into the influences of emotion over cognition and can help translate such findings into concrete guidance for the design of cognitive systems. According to appraisal theory, emotion plays a central and functional role in sensing external events, characterizing them as opportunity, or threats, and recruiting the cognitive, physical, and social resources needed to respond adaptively. In addition, because it argues for a close association between emotion and cognition, the theoretical claims of appraisal theory can be recast as a requirement specification for how to build a cognitive system. This specification asserts a set of judgments that must be supported to interpret correctly and to respond to stimuli and provides a unifying framework for integrating these judgments into a coherent physical or social response.

Keywords:   emotion, cognitive systems, appraisal theory, cognition, external events, social response, design, control

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