Hot Thought: Mechanisms and Applications of Emotional Cognition

Hot Thought: Mechanisms and Applications of Emotional Cognition

by Paul Thagard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262701243

ISBN-13: 9780262701242

Pub. Date: 09/30/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Contrary to standard assumptions, reasoning is often an emotional process. Emotions can have good effects, as when a scientist gets excited about a line of research and pursues it successfully despite criticism. But emotions can also distort reasoning, as when a juror ignores evidence of guilt just because the accused seems like a nice guy. In Hot Thought,

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Overview

Contrary to standard assumptions, reasoning is often an emotional process. Emotions can have good effects, as when a scientist gets excited about a line of research and pursues it successfully despite criticism. But emotions can also distort reasoning, as when a juror ignores evidence of guilt just because the accused seems like a nice guy. In Hot Thought, Paul Thagard describes the mental mechanisms -- cognitive, neural, molecular, and social -- that interact to produce different kinds of human thinking, from everyday decision making to legal reasoning, scientific discovery, and religious belief, and he discusses when and how thinking and reasoning should be emotional.

Thagard argues that an understanding of emotional thinking needs to integrate the cognitive,
neural, molecular, and social levels. Many of the chapters employ computational models of various levels of thinking, including HOTCO (hot cognition) models and the more neurologically realistic GAGE model. Thagard uses these models to illuminate thinking in the domains of law, science, and religion, discussing such topics as the role of doubt and reasonable doubt in legal and other contexts, valuable emotional habits for successful scientists, and the emotional content of religious beliefs.
Identifying and assessing the impact of emotion, Thagard argues, can suggest ways to improve the process of reasoning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262701242
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Mental mechanisms3
2How to make decisions11
3Emotional analogies and analogical inference27
4Emotional gestalts : appraisal, change, and the dynamics of affect51
5Emotional consensus in group decision making65
6Spiking Phineas Gage : a neurocomputational theory of cognitive-affective integration in decision making87
7How molecules matter to mental computation115
8Why wasn't O.J. convicted? : emotional coherence in legal inference135
9What is doubt and when is it reasonable?157
10The passionate scientist : emotion in scientific cognition171
11Curing cancer? : Patrick Lee's path to the reovirus treatment189
12How to be a successful scientist207
13Self-deception and emotional coherence219
14The emotional coherence of religion237
15Critique of emotional reason251
16New directions263

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