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Language, Heart, and Mind

Studies at the intersection of emotion and cognition

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Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Valeria Monello and Marco Venuti

A major premise of this book is that language use is critically conditioned by affective content and cognitive factors rather than being a case of objective computation and manipulation of structures. The 21 chapters of this book deals with how language interacts with emotion, and with mind and cognition, from both intralingual and cross-linguistic perspectives. The second major focus is the theoretical framework, best-suited for research relationships between language, cognition, and emotion as well as the effect that emotion has on the conceptualizer who constructs meanings based on language stimuli. Furthermore, the authors investigate how emotion and rational projections of events interact and what their consequences are in the conceptual world, media discourse, and translation.

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1. A Mindful Approach to Affairs of the Heart (Paul A. Wilson)

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Paul A. Wilson

Abstract Mindful of the nature of the relationship between heart and mind, a full understanding of which is deemed not possible by some scholars due to its extremely entangled nature, the present chapter attempts to illuminate possible elements pertaining to this interface that might facilitate our understanding. A brief review of sensory detection and attention, memory and decision-making is initially presented to highlight the complexities of the heart-mind relationship. On the example of a specific, potentially important feature of heart, associativity, which appears to be more pronounced in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep than the awakened state, it is argued that it might be beneficial to examine the bond between heart and mind at different levels of consciousness. It is further argued that a further crucial aspect in our understanding of heart and mind is a clear dissection of the constituent elements of heart, namely affect, emotion, feelings and moods, and the relationship of each of these to mind (cognition). Although the effects of heart, such as associativity, might provide some clues with respect to the way in which heart interacts with mind, further understanding awaits insight into the elusive nature of heart.

Keywords: Affect, Attention, Autobiographical memory, Cognition, Decision making, Emotion, Feelings, Heart, Hyperassociativity, Memory, Mind, Moods, REM sleep

In layman’s terms a broad distinction is made between what is generally referred to as affairs of the heart and mind. An initial point to note is that an assessment of...

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