Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Emotions as Multimodal Constructs
Lisa Damm, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, San Diego
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning
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Abstract: The aim of this talk is to develop a theoretical framework for understanding how emotion experience is constructed. The components of emotion experience can be broken down into the following five primary modalities: representational, evaluative, bodily, behavioral, and phenomenological. I argue that emotions should be understood as synthetic, multimodal constructs consisting of a variable subset of these modalities. The result is the multimodal construct model (MCM) which presents a biologically plausible framework for understanding the process of emotion construction based on information processing principles.