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Emotion and Decision-making Explained$
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Edmund T. Rolls

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659890.001.0001

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Introduction: the issues

Introduction: the issues

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Emotion and Decision-making Explained

Edmund T. Rolls

Oxford University Press

The book aims to explain emotion and decision-making in terms of: What produces emotions? (The general answer I propose is rewards and punishers.) Why do we have emotions? (The overall answer I propose is that emotions are evolutionarily adaptive as they provide an efficient way for genes to influence our behaviour to increase their fitness.) How do we have emotions? (I answer this by describing what is known about the brain mechanisms of emotion.) How are decisions made in the brain? How is economic value represented in the brain? Why do emotional states feel like something? This is part of the large problem of consciousness, addressed in Chapter 10.

Keywords:   emotion, decision-making, neuroeconomics, consciousness

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