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Title: Exploring the interface between emotion and cognition
Author: Hadden, Lowri Mair
ISNI:       0000 0004 5364 9073
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2014
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The way emotions influence cognition has been a subject of debate for years. Leading theorists in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology have postulated that emotions are interpretations of visceral bodily states that precede cognition. However, these theories do not take into account that internal visceral states (i .e. faster heartbeat) overlap with other emotional states (i.e. anger, excitement, elation). Thus the direct mapping of an emotional response to cognitions is not clear-cut. This thesis examines the interface of cognition and emotion using a variety of different methodologies (implicit/explicit behavioural tasks, memory recall and electrophysiology). The relationship between strength of cultural affinity and age of acquisition was explored in Chapter 3, using implicit and explicit cultural identity tasks. We demonstrated that cultural affinity and age of second language acquisition differentially modulate implicit and explicit attitudes, indicating an interface between emotional evaluations and cultural context. In Chapter 4, the relationship between language, emotional arousal, and memory retrieval was examined using an autobiographical memory recall task in Welsh and English. This chapter indicated that age of acquisition and proficiency modulates the emotional memories retrieved in the first (Ll) and second (L2) languages, but strength of emotional arousal does not differ between languages.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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