Meditations on the nature & process of brain activity resulting in Emotions
|Emotions are created in the brain by some electrical and/or chemical process which is not quite understood by medical science.
Emotions are biological states associated with the nervous system brought on by neurophysiological changes variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure. There is currently no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, creativity and motivation.
Research on emotion has increased significantly over the past two decades with many fields contributing including psychology, neuroscience, affective neuroscience, endocrinology, medicine, history, sociology of emotions, and computer science. The numerous theories that attempt to explain the origin, neurobiology, experience, and function of emotions have only fostered more intense research on this topic. Current areas of research in the concept of emotion include the development of materials that stimulate and elicit emotion. In addition, PET scans and fMRI scans help study the affective picture processes in the brain.
Dictionary Definition of emotion is: 'A conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.'
Synonyms for emotion are: FEELING, AFFECTION, SENTIMENT, PASSION mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation.
None of these definitions explain or shed any light on the process by which the brain arrives at any of the above states. The degree to which individuals are able to control and/or express their emotions varies from person to person but is probably unrelated to the actual process of the brain activity which produces the emotion.
Theoretically it is conceivable that drugs may be developed which will be able to suppress or to elicit emotions. Indeed, this is happening already with the use of some recreational mood-changing drugs. But the brain is stubbornly refusing to give up its secret of how it produces emotions.