New Ideas in Feelings and Emotions

ANNULÉ - The role of subjectivity in emotion

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05 mai 2020

ENS, room Dussane, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris


The subjective feeling of an emotion is one of the most vivid mental states we experience. Emotions are powerful drivers of behaviors and a key aspect of the human condition. Yet, our understanding of emotions remains obstructed by a multitude of outstanding questions. Of essential concern is the question of the relationship between emotion per se and our subjective feeling of it. For example, are subjective feelings necessary for defining an emotional response? Can emotions be unconscious? Are animals capable of experiencing emotions? Can we infer emotional states from behavioral and/or physiological responses?

This conference brings together experts from affective sciences to showcase decades of neuroscientific, psychological, and philosophical investigation into these questions and discuss their recent findings, which propel the field closer to an understanding of emotion.

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9:00 – 10:00
Heini SAARIMAKI (Tampere University, Finland)
Advancing the science of emotions with neuroimaging: future directions

10:00 – 11:00
Bernhard HOMMEL (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
An ideomotor approach to emotion

11:00-11:30 - Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30
Didier GRANDJEAN (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
The emergence of emotional feelings through the prism of a multicomponential perspective

12:30 – 14:30 - Lunch

14:30 – 15:30
Michael GAEBLER (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)
Linking the experience and regulation of emotions to activity in the brain and the rest of the body

15:30 – 16:30
Marco TAMIETTO (University of Turin, Italy, & Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Not blind to emotions: neural mechanisms of non-conscious emotion perception after damage to the visual cortex

16:30 – 17:00 - Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00
Giovanna COLOMBETTI (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Some ideas for a neuro-physio-phenomenological approach to the study of emotional feelings