In the last post we looked at some of the features of the model as it begins to take shape. Could the Insular Cortex act as a transformer in a simple system where physiological responses are translated into emotional experiences in a single part of the brain.
Such a model as it is stated is simple, perhaps too simple and raises a number of questions
1. Does information from physiological responses require more than one step to be transformed into emotional experiences?
2. If a transformative function is required should this occur in just a single location or like many functions would this be distributed?
3. If the Insular Cortex were the only location for this transformation then would that determine many of the anatomical relationships it has with other structures e.g. would it need a direct or indirect connection with all other areas involved in emotional experience or regulation?
4. What constitutes a physiological response? The perception of neutral stimuli in the environment is a physiological response involving the sensory and perceptual apparatus. Do the physiological responses relevant to this discussion have to be characterised?
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