KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

  • The presentation language is English.
  • If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.

Event Details

Interactions between Emotion and Cognition and their Evolutionary Roots
1999-06-17 0:00 - 1999-06-19 0:00
KLI for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria
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The biological roots of different emotional states (or affects, feelings, moods) and their interactions with all kind of cognitive processes (attention, perception, memory, thinking and "logic" in a wide sense) are currently becoming a significant focus in different fields of science. A new understanding of cognition and thinking, where affectivity is no longer excluded, seems to be emerging, with interesting interdisciplinary implications. Concerning cognition, naturalistic explanations related to elementary biology are already relatively advanced. Concerning emotion, in contrast, similar developments have hardly taken place so far, despite the fact that an adequate evolutionary understanding of mental phenomena seems only possible by an integration of both. - At the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Altenberg, possible theoretic approaches to such an integration have mainly been discussed, during the last years, in relation with the Evolutionary Emotion Theory proposed by Manfred Wimmer, and the theory of fractal affect logic proposed by Luc Ciompi which postulates selfsimilar analogies of affective-cognitive interactions on the evolutionary and human, individual and collective level (see the included summaries). During the planned workshop, these two theoretical approaches shall therefore serve as a starting point for an interdisciplinary in-depth discussion of the problem of relations between emotion and cognition on different evolutionary and structural levels of complexity. Programm: G. MÜLLER (Vorstand des KLI) Biologisch evolutionäre Dimension M. WIMMER (Österreich) Zur Entwicklung von Denk- Fühlwelten/Psychische Dimension L. CIOMPI (Schweiz) Affektlogik: Die Rationalität der Gefühle/Soziokulturelle Dimension G. VESTER (Deutschland) Die Funktionen der Gefühle in sozialen Systemen W. BURKERT (Schweiz) Gefühl, Phantasie und Ritual