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Emotion in Human Consciousness Is Built on Core Affect

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This article explores the idea that Core Affect provides the emotional quality to any conscious state. Core Affect is the neurophysiological state always accessible as simply feeling good or bad, energized or enervated, even if it is not always the focus of attention. Core Affect, alone or more typically combined with other psychological processes, is found in the experiences of feeling, mood and emotion, including the subjective experiences of fear, anger and other so-called basic emotions which are commonly (but on this account, not) thought to be raw, primitive, and universal

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA., Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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