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Emotion, Energy and Evolution

A Computer Simulation

This website provides an overview on a research project that aims for a deeper understanding of emotions. The underlying working hypothesis is that emotions are necessary mechanisms gained through evolutionary adaptation. They correspond to goal-directed energetic states which depend on changing situations and environments. Emotions trigger appropriate patterns of function such as flight, fight, attraction and socialisation, support efficient energy consumption, and reduce the complexity of cognitive inputs by appropriately regulating the focus of attention and perception. The scientific basis for this project is the concept of affect-logic and a number of related work, see the references. Additionally it uses models and methods from computational simulations in evolutionary biology. Find more under project description.