Recent experimental studies show that emotions can have a significant effect on the way we think, decide, and solve problems. This paper presents a series of four experiments on how emotions affect logical reasoning. In two experiments different groups of participants first had to pass a manipulated intelligence test.
How does emotion relate to reason?
It is common to think that emotions interfere with rational thinking. Plato described emotion and reason as two horses pulling us in opposite directions. Modern dual-systems models of judgment and decision-making are Platonic in the sense that they endorse the antagonism between reason and emotion.
Is emotion the enemy of reason?
A large body of research in neuroscience and psychology has shown that emotions are not the enemy of reason, but rather are a crucial part of it.
How emotions affect the way we think?
Emotion has a substantial influence on the cognitive processes in humans, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, and problem solving. Emotion has a particularly strong influence on attention, especially modulating the selectivity of attention as well as motivating action and behavior.
Are feelings an emotion?
While emotions are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.
Are emotions evil?
People often judge feelings as “good” or “bad” by whether or not they are pleasant or unpleasant: Happiness is good, while anger is bad. Yet many emotion researchers believe feelings, whether pleasant or unpleasant, are adaptive and useful, providing important information about what’s going on around us.
What is stronger reason or emotion?
Reason is infinitely more powerful than emotion if we make proper and conscious use of it. It allows us to regulate the emotional response. It leads us to balance the conflict. It gives us the ability to feel our emotions properly and modulate them in response to a stressful stimulus.
Do emotions have logic?
Emotions are logical because they always elaborate on your cognitive networks. If it appears that your emotions don’t make sense, it’s because the cognitive networks don’t make sense. Emotions reflect your cognitions through their signals, and they embody them through the body-based response.