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Neuroanatomically speaking I think Kahneman may be talking about the "hot" and "cold" executive function pathways (this wikipedia article is fairly informative on the subject). Hot executive function is thought to involve affect or reward processing, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is generally thought to be crucial for this. Cold executive function ...


Regarding the first question: It is well documented that emotions guide/modulate "higher" cognitive processes. A more specific theory of how this could work is, for instance, Antonio Damasio's somatic marker hypothesis. However, I'm not so sure emotion and "cold" cognition can really be categorically seperated, seeing as they share a lot of the same brain ...

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