Dynamics of the knowledge instinct: Effects of incoherence on the cognitive system

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Cognitive Systems Research, ISSN: 1389-0417, Vol: 47, Page: 85-91

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Félix Schoeller; Mickaël Eskinazi; Damien Garreau
Elsevier BV
Psychology; Neuroscience; Computer Science
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We successfully replicated a study about aesthetic emotions in a different socio-cultural environment. The present results suggest that incoherence is a strong inhibitor for aesthetic chills and verify a positive correlation between pleasure and meaning. These results allow for a scientific study of aesthetic emotions as it is now possible for the experimenter to have two groups of subjects, both exposed to the same stimulation, one group experiencing measurable aesthetic emotions whereas the other does not. We review the literature on the problem of both positive and negative psychogenic shivering and relate this phenomenon to the instinct of knowledge. We discuss the implications of our findings, stress the importance of studying the psychological and physiological effects of incoherence on the central nervous system, introduce a series of hypotheses to be tested in further research and conclude with a plausible explanation for the relation between temperature and cognition in humans.