The Caldron of Consciousness

Motivation, affect and self-organization — An anthology

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| Clark Atlanta University, Georgia
| Nassau Community College
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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
vii–viii
Introduction
ix–xxii
Part I: The Centrality of Emotion
1
Integrating the Physiological and Phenomenological Dimensions of Affect and Motivation
Ralph D. Ellis
3–26
Affective Consciousness and the Instinctual Motor System: The Neural Sources of Sadness and Joy
Jaak Panksepp
27–54
Consciousness, Motivation, and Emotion: Biopsychological Reflections
Bill Faw
55–90
Conscious Emotion in a Dynamic System: How I Can Know How I Feel
Natika Newton
91–105
Part II: Toward an Ecological Science of the Affective Sphere
107
The ‘Mind’/‘Body’ Problem and First-Person Process: Three Types of Concepts
Eugene T. Gendlin
109–118
Dissolving Differences: How to Understand the Competing Approaches to Human Emotion
Valerie Gray Hardcastle
119–131
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
133–160
Motivation and Emotion: An Interactive Process Model
Mark H. Bickhard
161–178
Mind, Brain, and Chaos
Nicholas Georgalis
179–201
Part III: Emotional Learning and Development
203
Child Development and the Regulation of Affect and Cognition in Consciousness: A View from Object Relations Theory
Peter Zachar
205–222
Emotions: The Fetters of Instincts and the Promise of Dynamic Systems
Gary Backhaus
223–242
Awareness of Emotions: A Neuropsychological Perspective
Martin Peper
243–269
Index
271–277
“[...] 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.”
Subjects

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: HP – Philosophy
BISAC Subject: PHI000000 – PHILOSOPHY / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00033720