Does modularity undermine the pro-emotion consensus?

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There is a growing consensus that emotions contribute positively to human practical rationality. While arguments that defend this position often appeal to the modularity of emotion-generation mechanisms, these arguments are also susceptible to the criticism that emotional modularity supports pessimism about the prospects of emotions contributing positively to practical rationality here and now. This paper aims to respond to this criticism by demonstrating how models of emotion processing can accommodate the sorts of cognitive influence required to make the pro-emotion position plausible whilst exhibiting key elements of modularity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-292
Number of pages16
JournalMind and Language
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • emotional plasticity
  • emotional rationality
  • frame problem
  • information encapsulation
  • modularity
  • search hypothesis


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