A neuroscientific perspective on pre-reflective experience: the rediscovery of emotions as cognitive, agentive, and interpersonal phenomena

Journal title PNEI REVIEW
Author/s Giulia Tossici, Raffaele De Luca Picione
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/2 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 71-88 File size 1154 KB
DOI 10.3280/PNEI2023-002007
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The article develops, according to a multidisciplinary logic that brings toge- ther affective neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and Pnei, the scope of the pre-reflective sphere of experience, i.e. the modality of approaching the world that develops before the emergence of the reflective characteristics of the thought (representation of one’s own experiences, control and regulation of behaviors, voluntary choices, biographical autonoesis, etc.). Starting from the network model, emotions and affectivity are investigated as matrices of thought, cognition, agency and generation of psychobiological regulation models that orient and guide the organism in survival and rapid and immediate adaptation to the environment. It is proposed to enhance the unconscious nature of these processes and their deeply relational matrix in line with the theories of Bion and Bowlby. In line with Schore’s proposal of a possible welding between se- cond generation attachment theory and affect regulation theory, it is proposed to hinge this synthesis within the allostatic paradigm, for a more effective inte- gration between the biological perspective and the psychological one.

Keywords: Affective neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, emotion, embodied cognition, affective regulation, pre-reflexivity.

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Giulia Tossici, Raffaele De Luca Picione, Una prospettiva neuroscientifica sull’esperienza pre-riflessiva: la riscoperta delle emozioni come fenomeni cognitivi, agentivi e interpersonali in "PNEI REVIEW" 2/2023, pp 71-88, DOI: 10.3280/PNEI2023-002007