Welcome to Human Emotion!
This course will introduce students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Some questions the course will address include: What are our emotions? What purpose do they serve? How do emotions relate to our thoughts, memories, and behaviors towards others? What happens when our emotional responses go awry? Although these questions date back to early philosophical texts, only recently have experimental psychologists begun to explore this vast and exciting domain of study.
The course will begin by discussing the evolutionary origins of distinct emotions such as love, anger, fear, and disgust. We will ask how emotions might color our cognitive processes such as thinking and memory, the relationship between emotions and the brain, development of emotions in childhood, and how emotions shape our social relationships. We will also consider how these methods can be applied to studying mental illness in both children and adults. We conclude by studying the pursuit of happiness and well-being, trying to understand what makes us happy.
This course is for both psychology majors and non-majors who want to gain exposure to this exciting branch of social science.
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See Professor Gruber speaking about this course! [Watch Video of Prof. Gruber]
Expert in Emotion Series Debut!
Watch over 60 interviews with international experts in emotion, directed by Professor Gruber. [Watch Video]
Professor Gruber speaks about happiness at TEDxCambridge.
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