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We should first start off with the question - what exactly is an emotion, and what are the properties by which it functions? It is by one definition any strong feeling, however that isn't a sufficient explanation of what emotion is. It is hard to figure out exactly what an emotion is and it could be defined in many ways. An example of this lies in a review of the evidence pertaining to Schachter's theory of emotion that appeared in the Psychological Bulletin (Reisenzein, 1983 Reisenzein, R. (1983) The Schachter theory of emotion: Two decades later. Psychological Bulletin, 94 (2), 239-264. ): "It is concluded that there is no convincing evidence for Schachter's claim that arousal is a necessary condition for an emotional state, nor for the suggestion that emotional states may result from a labeling of unexplained arousal. It is suggested that the role of arousal in emotion has been over-stated." (p.239) People cannot figure out how much of a role arousal plays when someone has an emotion, that is how obscure and difficult it is to define and explain how emotion works. However, it is easy to point out obvious cases of when emotion is present and simple, clear things related to its functioning. It is easy to point out instances where it functions related to love or when strong emotion can be observed, for instance.

Emotion is complicated, so there are are problems defining it. Harold Kelley (1983 Kelley, H.H. (1983). Love and commitment. In H.H. Kelley, E. Berscheid, A. Christensen, J.H. Harvery, P.L. Huston, G. Levinger, E. McClintock, L.A. Peplau, and D.R. Peterson, Close relationships . New York: Freeman. ) has discussed at some length the terminological problems in the love area, and what he says about them is as true for emotion in general as it is for love in particular. That is, any general theory of emotion, like any theory of love, has associated with it a cluster of ideas that includes one or more of the following components (by "it" he is literally referring to a theory of love, but that comprises primarily the experience of love, and by "phenomena" he means things observed of the experience of love):

  1. There are certain observable phenomena identified with it, particularly certain behavioral events that are believed to be the characteristic manifestations of emotion.
  2. There are notions about the current causes believed to be responsible for the observed emotional phenomena.
  3. There are ideas about the historical antecedents of the current causes and phenomena.
  4. There are notions about the future course of the phenomenon.

So he is basically saying in order to outline a theory of how love functions properly, you need to identify the things that occur with love, the causes of those things, the history of them, and their future. So someone could notice how much emotion is generated in a love relationship, or the events that occur in that relationship (or as he says, "particularly certain behavioral events that are believed to be the characteristic manifestations of emotion"(since it is a love relationship, he is probably referring primarily to the emotion love)), and observe those things over time. I can rephrase all of that into just saying, in order to understand love (or emotion), track what happens with the emotions involved, and track the behaviors that occur as a result of those emotions. You could track those behaviors in different types of relationships where love occurs. Doing all this might help you form a theory of love or emotion, and a "theory of emotion (or love)" is a theory that outlines how love functions and its characteristics.

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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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