What is the relation between the quality of children's emotional attachments
to their caregivers and their intellectual development? Is there a relation
between the emotional valence or content of a text and its comprehension
by a pupil? How are emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety
related to memory and attention? These are the kinds of questions that both
researchers and practitioners in psychological sciences might address when
confronted with the issue of the relation between emotion and cognition.
This issue provides a framework within which researchers and professionals
in cognitive and affective sciences can meet, share and discuss their knowledge.
In today's psychological literature, it is impossible to find a cohesive outline
of the possible answers to the question of the relation between cognition
and emotion. In this chapter we address the form that such an answer
might plausibly take.