Could emotions be modelled through information processing?

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One way to evaluate cognitive processes in living or nonliving systems is by using the notion of “information processing”. Emotions as cognitive processes orient human beings to recognize, express and display themselves or their wellbeing through dynamical and adaptive form of information processing. In addition, humans behave or act emotionally in an embodied environment. The brain embeds symbols, meaning and purposes for emotions as well. So any model of natural or autonomous emotional agents/systems needs to consider the embodied features of emotions that are processed in an informational channel of the brain or a processing system. This analytical and explanatory study described in this chapter uses the pragmatic notion of information to develop a theoretical model for emotions that attempts to synthesize some essential aspects of human emotional processing. The model holds context-sensitive and purpose-based features of emotional pattering in the brain. The role of memory is discussed and an idea of control parameters that have roles in processing environmental variables in emotional patterning is introduced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Synthesizing Human Emotion in Intelligent Systems and Robotics
EditorsJordi Vallverdú
Place of PublicationHershey PA USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781466672796
ISBN (Print)1466672781, 9781466672789
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Computational Intelligence and Robotics (ACIR)
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2327-0411
ISSN (Electronic)2327-042X

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