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There no point crying about it … or is there? Some thoughts on why we have emotions

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Debates about the functionality or otherwise of human emotions date back to the ancient Greek philosophers and have exercised the mind of some of humanity’s greatest thinkers – Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Darwin and Freud. Advances in cognitive neuroscience have shed further light on this important question and contemporary opinion suggests a range of important functions of the emotion system. This seminar presents the case for a functional model of emotions drawing on a range of fascinating experimental results.

For an introduction, see the surprisingly comprehensive Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion

This talk is part of the Graduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences series.

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