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Title: A model of emotional influence on memory processing.
Authors: Chassy, P
Gobet, F
Keywords: emotion
utility value
memory
central processing unit
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Symposium on agents that want and like: Motivational and emotional roots of cognition and action. AISB 2005
Citation: Chassy, P., & Gobet, F. (2005). A model of emotional influence on memory processing. In L. CaƱamero, Symposium on agents that want and like: Motivational and emotional roots of cognition and action. AISB 2005. University of Hertforshire, UK.
Abstract: To survive in a complex environment, agents must be able to encode information about the utility value of the objects they meet. We propose a neuroscience-based model aiming to explain how a new memory is associated to an emotional response. The same theoretical framework also explains the effects of emotion on memory recall. The originality of our approach is to postulate the presence of two central processing units (CPUs): one computing only emotional information, and the other mainly concerned with cognitive processing. The emotional CPU, which is phylogenetically older, is assumed to modulate the cognitive CPU, which is more recent. The article first deals with the cognitive part of the model by highlighting the set of processes underlying memory recognition and storage. Then, building on this theoretical background, the emotional part highlights how the emotional response is computed and stored. The last section describes the interplay between the cognitive and emotional systems.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/771
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