What are emotions?

What indeed?

My research is on cognitive-emotional interaction, so I suppose I am qualified to answer this question. 🙂

But my answer cannot be the answer, since there is actually no consensus among scientists concerning the definition of emotions.

[Illustration of grief from Charles Darwin’s book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.]

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Twitterers understand how the brain works…

… or at the very least, how pop science works!


A lot of people believe some version of the ‘chemical soup’ story. I wrote an essay about it a few  years ago: The Chemical Self and the Social Self.