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Demian Whiting

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Traumatic Brain Injury with Personality Change: a Challenge to Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales (2019)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2020). Traumatic Brain Injury with Personality Change: a Challenge to Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales. Psychological Injury and Law, 13(1), 11-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12207-019-09366-6

It is well documented that people with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can undergo personality changes, including becoming more impulsive in terms of how they behave. Legal guidance and academic commentary support the view that impuls... Read More about Traumatic Brain Injury with Personality Change: a Challenge to Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales.

Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought (2018)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2018). Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought. Philosophical psychology, 31(4), (533-553). doi:10.1080/09515089.2018.1456653. ISSN 0951-5089

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. I offer and develop an original answer to the question of whether emotion plays an important role in the formation of moral thought. In a nutshell, my answer will be that if motivational... Read More about Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought.

Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests (2017)
Journal Article
Brown, S. L., Whiting, D., Fielden, H. G., Saini, P., Beesley, H., Holcombe, C., …Salmon, P. (2017). Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests. PloS one, 12(5), e0178392. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0178392

Objective: Contemporary approaches to medical decision-making advise that clinicians should respect patients' decisions. However, patients' decisions are often shaped by heuristics, such as being guided by emotion, rather than by objective risk and b... Read More about Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests.

On the appearance and reality of mind (2016)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2016). On the appearance and reality of mind. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 37(1), 47-70

According to what I will call the “appearance-is-reality doctrine of mind,” conscious mental states are identical to how they subjectively appear or present themselves to us in our experience of them. The doctrine has had a number of supporters but t... Read More about On the appearance and reality of mind.

The ethics of distress: Toward a framework for determining the ethical acceptability of distressing health promotion advertising (2013)
Journal Article
Whiting, D., & Brown, S. L. (2014). The ethics of distress: Toward a framework for determining the ethical acceptability of distressing health promotion advertising. International Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 89-97. doi:10.1002/ijop.12002

© 2014 International Union of Psychological Science. Distressing health promotion advertising involves the elicitation of negative emotion to increase the likelihood that health messages will stimulate audience members to adopt healthier behaviors. I... Read More about The ethics of distress: Toward a framework for determining the ethical acceptability of distressing health promotion advertising.

Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria (2013)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2015). Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria. Health care analysis, 23(2), 181-196. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10728-013-0258-z

In this paper I get clearer on the considerations that ought to inform the evaluation and development of medico-legal competency criteria-where this is taken to be a question regarding the abilities that ought to be needed for a patient to be found c... Read More about Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria.

Are emotions perceptual experiences of value? (2012)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2012). Are emotions perceptual experiences of value?. Ratio, 25(1), 93-107. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9329.2011.00518.x

A number of emotion theorists hold that emotions are perceptions of value. In this paper I say why they are wrong. I claim that in the case of emotion there is nothing that can provide the perceptual modality that is needed if the perceptual theory i... Read More about Are emotions perceptual experiences of value?.

The feeling theory of emotion and the object-directed emotions (2009)
Journal Article
Whiting, D. (2011). The feeling theory of emotion and the object-directed emotions. European Journal of Philosophy, 19(2), 281-303. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2009.00384.x

The 'feeling theory of emotion' holds that emotions are to be identified with feelings. An objection commonly made to that theory of emotion has it that emotions cannot be feelings only, as emotions have intentional objects. Jack does not just feel f... Read More about The feeling theory of emotion and the object-directed emotions.

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