|EVOL.&LANG.:||Evolutionary origins of language and of cognition|
|NARRATIVE:||Cognitive modelling of interest in conversational narratives|
|ARGUMENTATION:||Cognitive modelling of relevance in argumentative discussions|
|MEANING:||Cognitive modelling of meaning|
|CONVERSATION:||Cognitive modelling of spontaneous conversation|
|EMOTION:||Cognitive modelling of emotional intensity|
|LEARNING:||Cognitive modelling of concept learning|
|CONSCIOUSNESS:||Qualia cannot be epiphenomenal (but the expl. gap is intact)|
|EMERGENCE:||Emergence as complexity drop|
|EVOL.&INFORM.:||Evolution and information|
|I am focusing, not on emotional quality, but on emotional intensity.
A major factor that controls emotional intensity is unexpectedness, as defined in Simplicity Theory.
I studied the influence of complexity drop on the emotion elicited by short stories, and more systematically on the experience of near miss.
This research naturally extends to models of moral dilemma and moral judgments.