What is an explanation of emotion?

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trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Emotions are feelings with cognitive, behaviorial and physiological components. This means they affect the body as well as the mind. Emotions can affect the autonomic nervous system. Some emotions can be recognized by facial expressions. Some are based on conscious thought processes while others are instinctual in nature. Emotions can trigger bodily changes and can motivate, anger or depress people. Emotions are a state of consciousness, in which certain states are experienced. These include fear, love, hate, joy, grief and others. They can cause an increased heart rate or breathing rate, crying, laughing, etc.

loraaa | Student

Emotions are the various bodily feelings associated with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation and also with hormones such as dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative. In 1992, Carlson and Hatfield defined emotions, as feeling states with physiological, cognitive, and behavioral components...