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Cognition as the tip of the emotional iceberg: A neuro-evolutionary perspective

  • Peter A. Bos (a1) (a2), Eddie Brummelman (a3) and David Terburg (a1) (a2)

We emphasize the importance of a neuroevolutionary perspective in moving beyond the cognition-emotion dichotomy. Cognitive behavior depends on cortical structures firmly rooted in the emotional brain from which they have evolved. As such, there cannot be cognition without emotion. Endocrine regulation of amygdala connectivity, a neural “switch” between impulsivity and deliberation, further underscores the phylogenetic impossibility of a cognition-emotion dichotomy.

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