Consciousness, emotions and science

Jack Barbalet

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The centrality of emotions to all significant social, indeed human activities is now broadly acknowledged. Nevertheless, discussion of emotions in core activities of science, as distinct from the motivation of scientists, is undeveloped. In reviewing the role of emotions in science the paper shows that emotions provide consciousness of objects of scientific relevance. It is also shown that emotions necessary to scientific activities are typically experienced nonconsciously. These two issues, of emotional consciousness and nonconscious experience of emotion, raise a number of questions for the study of both consciousness and emotions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and research on human emotions
EditorsJonathan H. Turner
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781849502719
ISBN (Print)9780857247735, 9780762311088
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameAdvances in Group Processes
ISSN (Print)0882-6145

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