From the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves:

The daily challenge of dealing effectively with emotions is critical to the human condition because our brains are hard- wired to give emotions the upper hand. Here’s how it works: everything you see, smell, hear, taste and touch travels through your body in the form of electric signals. These signals pass from cell to cell until they reach their ultimate destination, your brain. They enter your brain at the base near the spinal cord, but must travel to your frontal lobe (behind your forehead) before reaching the place where rational, logical thinking takes place. The trouble is, they pass through your limbic system along the way—the place where emotions are produced. This journey ensures you experience things emotionally before your reason can kick into gear.

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Is the presented as fact that senses such as seeing/sight go through Emotional/Limbic system prior to reaching Rational neo-cortex layer. Is this the current scientific stance?


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While it is true that emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system, the model seems to be over-simplistic to me. There are more complex emotions that are housed in the neocortex, not just the limbic system*. However, it can still be useful to teach for layman? Similarly to the triune brain model.

For a good introductory video course on emotion, see Human Emotion, host by June Gruber, prof in Yale.

* I believe I have this claim when watching this course, but I cannot find the particular video that make that statement.


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