Rethinking Cognitive Mediation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Perceptual Theory of Emotion

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (1):1-12 (2012)
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Empirical assessments of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and theoretical considerations raise questions about the fundamental theoretical tenet that psychological disturbances are mediated by consciously accessible cognitive structures. This paper considers this situation in light of emotion theory in philosophy. We argue that the “perceptual theory” of emotions, which underlines the parallels between emotions and sensory perceptions, suggests a conception of cognitive mediation that can accommodate the observed empirical anomalies and one that is consistent with the dual-processing models dominant in cognitive psychology.

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Christine Tappolet
Université de Montréal


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