Aaron Sloman

In December 2005 I was invited by a well known researcher, Carrol Izard, on emotions to contribute to a discussion by answering a few questions as briefly as possible. He asked for 'one-liners', but I was not able to comply with that condition. However, the answers were short for me!

Having taken the trouble to provide him with answers I thought I might as well put them here, in case anyone is interested.

[Occasionally I'll add or modify this page, using square brackets to indicate such modifications.]

I may well offend some people, especially if they have fallen victim to the fallacies and wishful thinking that I claim afflicts many people who attempt to investigate the role of emotions in intelligence, as explained in this slide presentation: DO MACHINES, NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL, REALLY NEED EMOTIONS? (originally prepared for a lay audience at a 'Cafe Scientifique' meeting).

[Added: 29 Sep 2006

My answers to the questions are all based on the use of the design-based approach to the study of mind. ]


There is much more on this in papers in the Cognition and Affect Project Directory and in this collection of presentations.
A recent overview paper (written jointly with Ron Chrisley and Matthias Scheutz is The Architectural Basis of Affective States and Processes (in Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot, Eds. M. Arbib and J-M. Fellous, Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, 2005)
Towards a Grammar of Emotions Was published in 1982, and included a design-based analysis of anger as a process with different stages.

Last updated: 26 Apr 2008