Introduction to Psychology in Yale 11: Emotion

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Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part 1

This class is an introduction to the evolutionary analysis of human emotions, how they work, why they exist, and what they communicate. In particular, this lecture discusses three interesting case studies, that of happiness, fear and the emotions we feel towards our relatives. Finally, this lecture ends with a brief discussion of babies' emotional responses to their caregivers.

00:00 The different functions of emotions.

09:06 Phineas Gage and the loss of emotional capacity.

15:46 Facial expressions and smiles in particular.

28:08 Question and answer on smiles.

32:22 Non-social emotions: fear.

36:29 Social emotions and altruism

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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