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1 Emotion Emotion a response of the whole organism (fear) physiological
Cognitive Feeling component Sense state of arousal Similar situation Behavior response fight or flight

2 Basic Emotions Paul Ekman Fear Happiness Sadness Surprise Anger Disgust Contempt

3 Does your heart pound because you are afraid... or are you afraid because you feel your heart pounding?

4 Men vs. women Emotion Biology Women panic disorder and depression Men- show anger emotional arousal Culture Men are reinforced dominate, anger aggressive behavior. Punish emotional Women- reinforced emotion Punich dominate behavior is punished.

5 James-Lange Theory of Emotion
Experience of emotion is awareness of physiological responses to emotion- arousing stimuli Fear (emotion) Pounding heart (arousal) Sight of oncoming car (perception of stimulus)

6 James-Lange Theory

7 Cannon-Bard Theory of Emotion
Sight of oncoming car (perception of stimulus) Pounding heart (arousal) Fear (emotion) Emotion-arousing stimuli simultaneously trigger: physiological responses subjective experience of emotion

8 Cannon-Bard Theory

9 Schachter’s Two-Factor Theory of Emotion
Cognitive label “I’m afraid” Fear (emotion) Sight of oncoming car (perception of stimulus) Pounding heart (arousal) To experience emotion one must: be physically aroused cognitively label the arousal

10 Two-Factor Theory

11 Cognition and Emotion Must cognition precede emotion?
Some emotional reactions may occur without conscious thinking.

12 Cognition and Emotion The brain’s shortcut for emotions

13 Two Routes to Emotion

14 Two Dimensions of Emotion
Positive valence Negative High arousal Low pleasant relaxation joy sadness fear anger

15 Emotion and Physiology
Autonomic Nervous System– controls our arousal. Epinephrine--a hormone that increases heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels in times of emergency.

16 Emotion and Physiology
Autonomic nervous system controls physiological arousal Sympathetic division (arousing) Pupils dilate Decreases Perspires Increases Accelerates Inhibits Secrete stress hormones Parasympathetic division (calming) Pupils contract Dries Slows Activates secretion of stress EYES SALIVATION SKIN RESPIRATION HEART DIGESTION ADRENAL GLANDS

17 Arousal and Performance
Performance peaks at lower levels of arousal for difficult tasks, and at higher levels for easy or well- learned tasks

18 Emotion- Lie Detectors
Polygraph machine commonly used in attempts to detect lies measures several of the physiological responses accompanying emotion perspiration cardiovascular breathing changes

19 Emotion--A Polygraph Examination

20 Emotion--Lie Detectors
Control Question Up to age 18, did you ever physically harm anyone? Relevant Question Did [the deceased] threaten to harm you in any way? Relevant > Control --> Lie

21 Emotion--Lie Detectors
Control question Relevant (a) (b) Respiration Perspiration Heart rate

22 Emotion-- Lie Detectors
Percentage Innocent people Guilty 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 Judged innocent by polygraph Judged guilty by polygraph 50 Innocents 50 Thieves 1/3 of innocent declared guilty 1/4 of guilty declared innocent (from Kleinmuntz & Szucko, 1984)

23 Emotion--Lie Detectors
Is 70% accuracy good? Assume 5% of 1000 employees actually guilty test all employees 285 will be wrongly accused What about 95% accuracy? Assume 1 in 1000 employees actually guilty test all employees (including 999 innocents) 50 wrongly declared guilty 1 of 51 testing positive are guilty (~2%)

24 Emotion--Lie Detectors
Guilty knowledge test--typically used to assess a suspect’s responses to details of a crime.

25 Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Communication– people are especially good at quickly detecting facial expressions of anger. In a crowd of faces, a single angry face will “pop out” faster than a single happy one. Introverts tend to do better at reading others’ emotions, although extraverts are easier to read.

26 Nonverbal Communication
People more speedily detect an angry face than a happy one

27 Gender, Emotion, & Nonverbal Behavior
Females are better at reading people’s emotional cues. Women are also far more likely than men to describe themselves as empathic (identifying with others). Women also react more visibly to films displaying emotions. Women and men also differ in the emotions they express best. Women recalled being happy nearly 2/3's of the time, but they were able to spot it less than half the time when observing men. Men, however slightly surpassed women in conveying their anger.

28 Expressed Emotion Gender and expressiveness Number of expressions
Men Women Sad Happy Scary Film Type 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 Number of expressions

29 Detecting and Computing Emotion
Psychologists are now linking various emotions with specific facial muscles (Paul Ekman) We don’t do well using our intuition to determine if someone is lying (50% of the time we guess right). When people aren’t seeking to deceive us, we do much better. Our brains are amazing emotion detectors. Computers outperformed human non-experts, with 91% accuracy in recognizing six facial expressions. communication. Problems??? :) :-(

30 Expressed Emotion Culturally universal expressions

31 Culture and Emotional Expression
Facial expression such as happiness and fear are common throughout the world. (Universal language) Americans are more likely than Asians to openly display their feelings by their facial expressions. Children’s facial expressions – even those of blind children who have never seen a face– are also universal. To effectively manage emotions, people would be best advised to control their facial expressions.


33 Experienced Emotion Infants’ naturally occurring emotions

34 The Effects of Facial Expressions
When people mimicked expressions of emotion, they experienced those emotions.

35 Experienced Emotion The ingredients of emotion

36 Emotion and Facial Expressions
Each basic emotion is associated with a unique facial expression Facial expressions are innate and “hard- wired” Innate facial expressions the same across many cultures Display rules—social and cultural rules that regulate emotional expression, especially facial expressions.

37 Learning Fear The Amygdala- a neural key to fear learning.
Fears are learned!




41 The Biology of Fear The amygdala plays a key role in associating
various emotions, including fear, with certain situations.

42 The Biology of Fear Rabbits fail to react with fear to a signal of impending shock if they have suffered damage to the amygdala



45 Anger (Rage) Anger is most often evoked by events that not only are frustrating or insulting but also are interpreted as willful, unjustified, and avoidable. Blowing off steam may be temporarily calming, but in the long run it does not reduce anger. Expressing anger can actually cause more anger.

46 Catharsis

47 Experienced Emotion Catharsis Feel-good, do-good phenomenon
emotional release catharsis hypothesis “releasing” aggressive energy (through action or fantasy) relieves aggressive urges Feel-good, do-good phenomenon people’s tendency to be helpful when already in a good mood

48 Experienced Emotion Subjective Well-Being
self-perceived happiness or satisfaction with life used along with measures of objective well-being physical and economic indicators to evaluate people’s quality of life

49 Experienced Emotion Moods across the day

50 Experienced Emotion Changing materialism

51 Experienced Emotion Does money buy happiness? Average per-person
Year 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Average per-person after-tax income in 1995 dollars Percentage describing themselves as very happy $20,000 $19,000 $18,000 $17,000 $16,000 $15,000 $14,000 $13,000 $12,000 $11,000 $10,000 $9,000 $8,000 $7,000 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000 Percentage very happy Personal income

52 Experienced Emotion Values and life satisfaction Importance scores
Money Love Life satisfaction 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 Importance scores

53 Experienced Emotion The Adaptation-Level Principle:
Happiness is Relative to Our Prior Experience– If our current condition– income, grade point average, or social prestige, for example– increases, we feel an initial surge of pleasure. We then adapt to this new level of achievement, come to consider it as normal, and require something even better to give us another surge of happiness.

54 Experienced Emotion Adaptation-Level Phenomenon Relative Deprivation
tendency to form judgments relative to a “neutral” level brightness of lights volume of sound level of income defined by our prior experience Relative Deprivation perception that one is worse off relative to those with whom one compares oneself

55 Happiness is... However, Happiness Seems Not Much
Researchers Have Found That Happy People Tend to Have high self-esteem (in individualistic countries) Be optimistic, outgoing, and agreeable Have close friendships or a satisfying marriage Have work and leisure that engage their skills Have a meaningful religious faith Sleep well and exercise However, Happiness Seems Not Much Related to Other Factors, Such as Age Gender (women are more often depressed, but also more often joyful) Education levels Parenthood (having children or not) Physical attractiveness Money

56 How to be Happier 1. Realize that enduring happiness doesn’t come from financial success. 2. Take control of your time 3. Act happy 4. Seek work and leisure that engages your skills. 5. Join the “movement” movement 6. Give your body the sleep it wants 7. Give priority to close relationships 8. Focus beyond self 9. Be grateful 10.Nurture your spiritual self

57 Close Up: Opponent-Process Theory of Emotion
Opponent process theory--every initial emotional reaction triggers an opposing emotion that diminishes the intensity of the initial emotional reaction.

58 Bike Tumbler

59 Human Cannonball

60 Jerk

61 Cats

62 Load your bike

63 Olympic Dive

64 Riding the escalator

65 Going Home on Friday

66 Noah

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