What is emotion?

  • (noun): Any strong feeling.

Emotion

In psychology, philosophy, and their many subsets, emotion is the generic term for subjective, conscious experience that is characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation, as well as influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin, oxytocin and cortisol. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative. The physiology of emotion is closely linked to arousal of the nervous system with various states and strengths of arousal relating, apparently, to particular emotions. Although those acting primarily on emotion may seem as if they are not thinking, cognition is an important aspect of emotion, particularly the interpretation of events. For example, the experience of fear usually occurs in response to a threat. The cognition of danger and subsequent arousal of the nervous system (e.g. rapid heartbeat and breathing, sweating, muscle tension) is an integral component to the subsequent interpretation and labeling of that arousal as an emotional state. Emotion is also linked to behavioral tendency. Research on emotion has increased significantly over the past two decades with many fields contributing including psychology, neuroscience, medicine, sociology, and even computer science. The numerous theories that attempt to explain the origin, neurobiology, experience, and function of emotions have only fostered more intense research on this topic.

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Emotion - Notable Theorists
... theory, a hypothesis on the origin and nature of emotions ... Emotions, then, are feelings which come about as a result of these physiological changes, rather than being their cause ... The Affect theory introduced the concept of basic emotions, and was based on the idea that the dominance of the emotion, which he called the affect system, was the ...
Corumination - Therapy
... treatment typically consists of cognitive emotion regulation therapy for rumination with the patient ... For women, accepting a negative event/emotion and re-framing it in a positive light was associated with decreased levels of worry ... In other words, some of the cognitive emotion regulation strategies that work for men do not necessarily work for women and vice versa ...
Last Train To Paris - Conception
... with MTV News Diddy said "One of the things trying to represent is emotion.. ... Not being afraid to show emotion on record ... are gonna be about love, feelings and emotion ...
Carroll Izard - Representative Publications
... "Accelerating the development of emotion competence in Head Start children Effects on adaptive and maladaptive behavior" ... "Kindergarten children's emotion competence as a predictor of their academic competence in first grade" ... Emotion 7 (1) 77–88 ...
Autobiographical Memory - Emotion - Negative
... While it seems adaptive to have negative memories fade faster, sometimes it may not be the case ... Remembering negative events can prevent us from acting overconfident or repeating the same mistake, and we can learn from them in order to make better decisions in the future ...

Famous quotes containing the word emotion:

    The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread.... The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration. It is very difficult to write out of because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933)

    Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face.... The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)

    ... gratitude is not a healthy emotion in the long run ...
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970)