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Emotions, Not Just Decision-Making Processes, Are Critical to an Evolutionary Model of Human Behavior
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Glenn E. Weisfeld, Wayne State University
  • Peter J. LaFreniere, University of Maine - Main
Document Type
Editorial
Publication Date
2-1-2007
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Abstract/ Summary

An evolutionary model of human behavior should privilege emotions: essential, phylogenetically ancient behaviors that learning and decision making only subserve. Infants and non-mammals lack advanced cognitive powers but still survive. Decision making is only a means to emotional ends, which organize and prioritize behavior. The emotion of pride/shame, or dominance striving, bridges the social and biological sciences via internalization of cultural norms.

Citation/Publisher Attribution
Weisfeld, G.E., & LaFreniere, P. (2007). Emotions, Not Just Decision-Making Processes, Are Critical to an Evolutionary Model of Human Behavior. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 43-44. Available on publisher's site at http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0140525X07000866
Publisher Statement
Copyright 2007 Cambridge University Press
DOI
10.1017/S0140525X07000866
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Citation Information
Glenn E. Weisfeld and Peter J. LaFreniere. "Emotions, Not Just Decision-Making Processes, Are Critical to an Evolutionary Model of Human Behavior" Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (2007) p. 43 - 44
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_lafreniere/2/