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Today's Big Idea: The Role of Emotion

The Big Idea for Sunday, October 07, 2012

For rational skeptics, emotions are often treated as a dangerous distraction from the more serious business of thinking. In fact, while emotions can be powerful and destabilizing at times, they are also sources of valuable information – a gauge of our pre-verbal responses to people and events. 

But in order not to be carried away by emotions, and to use them productively, we need to cultivate an understanding of our own emotional ideosyncrasies, and an objective knowledge – based on the emerging neuropsychology of emotions, of how feelings work in the brain. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Why We're Suckers for Sorrow
    Sam McNerney Moments of Genius
  2. 2 Decisions Are Emotional, not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making
    Jim Camp Experts' Corner
  3. 3 Why The Future of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless
    Sam McNerney Moments of Genius
  4. 4 Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
 

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