"[In] Existing work [...] emotions aren't a response to what our brain takes in from our observations, but, rather, are intrinsic to our makeup. However, [...] LeDoux and Brown see a quite different architecture for emotions—one more centered on process than on composition. They conclude that emotions are "higher-order states" embedded in cortical circuits. Therefore, unlike present theories, they see emotional states as similar to other states of consciousness." (more...)