Tip #619: Feelings, Cognition and Emotions

On May 2, 2016, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #619: Feelings, Cognition and Emotions

We are not thinking machines that feel; rather, we are feeling machines that think.” Antonio Damasio

Did you know that emotions and feelings are not the same- and that feelings are cognitive? I certainly didn’t.

We tend to use “emotion” and “feeling” interchangeably. This is reinforced by their definitions (“feeling” is defined as “an emotional state or reaction”) and their synonyms (“feeling is a synonym for “emotion” and vice versa!).

So I was intrigued when I read a quote from Dr. Antonio Damasio, professor of neuroscience at the University of California (underlining emphasis added to this and to other quotes in this Tip):

“Feelings are mental experiences of body states, which arise as the brain interprets emotionsRead the rest