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Do animals other than humans have emotional responses?


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Do animals other than humans have emotional responses?

Postby ellateflag » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:51 pm

And what are "emotional responses"?
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Re: Do animals other than humans have emotional responses?

Postby animartco » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:45 pm

The answer to the first question is yes of course they do. We are animals. There is no fundamental difference between the way our brains function and the way theirs do. The next question is a bit more difficult to answer. I will try with:- emotional responses are responses to stimuli which are more powerful than most and affect the hind brain as well as the cortex.
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Postby chatters » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:17 am

The "official" view: Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

http://fcmconference.org/img/CambridgeD ... usness.pdf

declare the following: “
The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical,and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.
Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses,also possess these neurological substrates"
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Postby zooteam » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:13 pm

Yes of course, every animals have emotions thats nature, u have to know we are also animals.
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Re: Do animals other than humans have emotional responses?

Postby elizabeth35 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:33 am

There is scientific evidence supporting the claim that non-human animals can feel emotions and that human emotions evolved from the same mechanisms. A distinction is sometimes made between "basic" emotions such as fear and anger, and "complex" human emotions such as jealousy and sympathy. However, this distinction is difficult to maintain, and animals are often said to express even the complex emotions. Most support for animal emotion and its expression results from the notion that feeling doesn't require significant cognitive processes. Animals would not likely need to employ a significant amount of cognitive processes in order to have emotion, rather, they could be motivated by the processes to act in an adaptive way, as suggested by Darwin.
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