Animals fulfill their physiological needs by controlling behaviorally the inflow and outflow of energy they exchange with their environment. Such a control is achieved with the information provided by sensations aroused by the afferent messages that reach the brain. The sensations are quadri-dimensional (Fig. 1). The first dimension is duration. The second dimension, qualitative, describes the nature of the stimulus. The third, quantitative, describes the intensity of the stimulus. The fourth is affective. Let us examine this last dimension.


Affective Dimension Affective Experience Common Currency Palatable Food Sensory Pleasure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Cabanac
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  1. 1.Université LavalQuébecCanada

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