The University of Sussex

Why robots will have emotions

Aaron Sloman, Monica Croucher

Emotions involve complex processes produced by interactions between motives, beliefs, percepts, etc. E.G. real or imagined fulfilment or violation of a motive, or triggering of a 'motive-generator', can disturb processes produced by other motives. To understand emotions, therefore, we need to understand motives and the types of processes they can produce. This leads to a study of the global architecture of a mind. Some constraints on the evolution of minds are discussed. Types of motives and the processes they generate are sketched.

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