Cognitive Control: Social Evolution and Emotional Regulation
Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 238–241, April 2011
How to Cite
Rossano, M. J. (2011), Cognitive Control: Social Evolution and Emotional Regulation. Topics in Cognitive Science, 3: 238–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01131.x
- Issue online: 6 APR 2011
- Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2011
- Received 14 May 2010; received in revised form 9 December 2010; accepted 13 December 2010
- Attentional biasing;
- Emotional regulation;
- Social complexity
This commentary argues that theories of cognitive control risk being incomplete unless they incorporate social/emotional factors. Social factors very likely played a critical role in the evolution of human cognitive control abilities, and emotional states are the primary regulatory mechanisms of cognitive control.