The Caldron of Consciousness

Motivation, affect and self-organization — An anthology

| Clark Atlanta University, Georgia
| Nassau Community College
ISBN 9789027251367 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
ISBN 9781556191961 (USA) | USD 102.00
ISBN 9789027299963 | EUR 68.00 | USD 102.00
These new studies by prominent neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers work toward a coherent framework for understanding emotion and its contribution to the functioning of consciousness in general, as an aspect of self-organizing, embodied subjects. Distinguishing consciousness from unconscious information processing hinges on the role of motivating emotions in all conscious modalities, and how emotional brain processes interact with those traditionally associated with cognitive function. Computationally registering/processing sensory signals (e.g. in the occipital lobe or area V4) by itself does not result in perceptual consciousness, which requires subcortical structures such as amygdala, hypothalamus, and brain stem. This interdisciplinary anthology attempts to understand the complexity of emotional intentionality; why the role of motivation in self-organizing processes is crucial in distinguishing conscious from unconscious processes; how emotions account for ‘agency’; and how an adequate approach to emotion-motivation can address the traditional mind-body problem through a holistic understanding of the conscious, behaving organism.
(Series B)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 16]  2000.  xxii, 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Part I: The Centrality of Emotion
Integrating the Physiological and Phenomenological Dimensions of Affect and Motivation
Ralph D. Ellis
Affective Consciousness and the Instinctual Motor System: The Neural Sources of Sadness and Joy
Jaak Panksepp
Consciousness, Motivation, and Emotion: Biopsychological Reflections
Bill Faw
Conscious Emotion in a Dynamic System: How I Can Know How I Feel
Natika Newton
Part II: Toward an Ecological Science of the Affective Sphere
The ‘Mind’/‘Body’ Problem and First-Person Process: Three Types of Concepts
Eugene T. Gendlin
Dissolving Differences: How to Understand the Competing Approaches to Human Emotion
Valerie Gray Hardcastle
The Effect of Motivation on the Stream of Consciousness: Generalizing from a Neurocomputational Model of Cingulo-frontal Circuits Controlling Saccadic Eye Movements
Marica Bernstein, Samantha Stiehl and John Bickle
Motivation and Emotion: An Interactive Process Model
Mark H. Bickhard
Mind, Brain, and Chaos
Nicholas Georgalis
Part III: Emotional Learning and Development
Child Development and the Regulation of Affect and Cognition in Consciousness: A View from Object Relations Theory
Peter Zachar
Emotions: The Fetters of Instincts and the Promise of Dynamic Systems
Gary Backhaus
Awareness of Emotions: A Neuropsychological Perspective
Martin Peper
“[...] when consciousness comes to be described as a caldron [...] something hot must be at the center [...] of attention. The target, of course, is emotion, with its cousin, motivation.”
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