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Emotions: The Product of Sensory Input

Just like our senses, our body has signals like breathing, heartbeat, metabolism and other internal movements that may be considered a source of sensory input for the brain. This, when mixed with our original sensory inputs like touch, sight and hearing, can create emotions.

Example: a stomachache can be seen as meaning something else just with the accompanying signal being good (a lover coming to see you) or bad (sniffing something horrible).

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Every moment that we are alive, our brain utilizes concepts to simulate the surrounding environment, practically creating ‘our’ world.

  • Simulation is the standard, default mode for all brain activity.
  • Discovered in the 1990s, simulation is what psychologists and neuroscientists mistook as ‘reactions’ to what we see, hear, touch, smell or taste.
  • We automatically use simulation

Using the ability to simulate the brain gathers outside information and integrates it with what it already knows and what is associated with it.

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Our brain uses concepts of emotions to create social reality, ain't that amazing?

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