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To what extent does Emotion colour our perception

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To what extent do Emotions colour our Perception? Refer to 2 AOK's Emotions are powerful feelings, passions or moods which are experienced by someone that can bring about a change in mental activity.1 Due to this, it can clearly have an influence on perception. There are many different types of emotions with different effects on the body and it depends on the individual as well. Without emotions, most situations and events would not have any meaning. This essay will show how perception is clouded by emotion and the extent of this in different cases. Emotions have the power to drive us towards something. For example, positive emotions can motivate us to achieve rewarding tasks and negative emotions can protect from decisions that can harm us.2 But also, emotions can be unsafe and cause bad effects on us. Sometimes, emotions are so strong that we do not have the ability to control ourselves.3 This can lead us to make bad decisions that are of high importance. But the strength of the emotion and in turn the effect it has on us, depends on the type of emotion. There are many emotions that link to the same feeling but have different degrees of strength, such as anticipation, nervousness and fear are all linked with anxiety but have different degrees of anxiety. ...read more.

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Anxiety and sadness are both negative emotions but do they affect our perception equally? Both of these emotions make a person more sensitive to unpleasant perceptive information.11 But a state of anxiety makes someone opt for a state of self control and safety whereas sadness makes someone opt for a state of comfort.12 But does our experience with the emotion affect how much of our perception gets clouded? Can we identify some feelings incorrectly sometimes? I think this mainly applies to feelings we have experienced for the first time.13 This is why people take counseling to help them understand this feeling. After we understand the feeling, we might be able to cope with it better and not allow it to cloud our perception in the future where we might encounter it once more. The more times we experience the emotion, the better we will be able to control ourselves and not allow it to cloud our perception as much. However, does the same emotion affect all people equally, disregarding their experience with the emotion? There are many reasons why emotions might affect people differently. For example, our cultural backgrounds, knowledge, age, personality, upbringing and beliefs. An example of this during fear would be that, the intelligence someone has can help them predict dangers in the future. ...read more.

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Strong emotions have a greater affect on our perception but if the person can control it, we can stop it from colouring our perception. Therefore it can be said that since emotions are always felt by someone, our perception is always clouded by it, but we have the ability to overcome this depending on the type of emotions and ourselves. Word Count - 1225 1 Alchin. N., 2003 Theory of Knowledge, John Murray, London Pages 297-8 2 N.d. What are affects and emotions <http://www.affective-sciences.org/emotion-details> (accessed 11, Feb.10) 3 Alchin. N., 2003 Theory of Knowledge, John Murray, London Pages 299 4 Idem 5 Lindsay, P., 1997, 'Human Information Processing: An Introduction to Psychology' Definition of Perception < http://www.sapdesignguild.org/resources/optical_illusions/intro_definition.html> (accessed 10, Feb. 2010) 6 Idem 7 idem 8 Cline A., n.d. Philosophy of mind < http://atheism.about.com/od/philosophybranches/p/Mind.htm> (accessed 10 Feb 2010) 9 Bick., M., 2007 Theory of Knowledge Printed in Great Britain, Glasgow. Page 50 10 N.d. What are the seven emotions? < http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/principles/sevenemotions.html> (accessed 11 Feb 2010) 11 Chen. D., March 23, 2005 The Effect of Emotion and Personality on Olfactory Perception <http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/345 > (accessed 10, Feb. 2010) 12 31, Jan. 2010 Scientists explore effects of emotions< http://www.physorg.com/news10395.html> (accessed 10 13 Bick., M., 2007 Theory of Knowledge Printed in Great Britain, Glasgow. Page 51 14 24, Nov. 2009 Can one talk meaningfully of a historical fact? How far can we speak with certainty about anything in the past? < http://tok.ism-online.org/category/ways-of-knowing/emotion/> (accessed 10 Feb 2010) 15 Idem ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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