Scientific Conundrums

Since emotional processing was described in 1980 by science Rachman, it has been referred to in the literature but not researched in its own right to any great extent.  It has not seen the sort of exponential growth as cognitive theories have, either in experimental or clinical  realms.  However, emotion and cognition are similarly inferred mental states.  Does this represent, as Thomas Scheff argued (1984), a sort of scientific taboo or wariness about emotion research; is cognition just more important and interesting to researchers; or are there major scientific shortcomings, vagueness and wooliness inherent in the concepts of emotion and emotional processing?


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  A theory of the not

  Not another concept of processing!

  Emotional processing and disorders; Cause or effect? 
'Looking forward to ill health?' by Professor Peter Thomas    

  Does the concept of emotional processing commit the 
fallacy of tautology?



'Science is built up of facts, as a house is built up of stones;
but an accumulation of facts is no more a science
than a heap of stones is a house'

Henri Princaré 1905