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PSYC18 - Lecture 03

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Gerald Cupchik

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PSYC18 – Lecture 3
each week, goals will be established
today, hierarchies
bridge b/t this and last lecture
going to complete hierarchies
move onto complementarities
we think in terms of layers
concrete to abstract
e.g. individual EXPs
ideas we have derived
area of the mind/emotion/any system
the roots of emotion are in the old brain
as you move away from concrete
we become more abstract
when you think of a system
you think of the layers
Don Stuss
goes from concrete to abstract
(old to new)
Don Tucker and Don Stuss
both have hierarchical models
Prof is going to use
Don Tucker
emotions as natural kinds

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Don Stuss
core affect theory
refers to concrete materials you manipulate
e.g. when you’re doing art, you manipulate the stuff
fundamentally concrete
can take concrete qualities and manipulate them to create your style
e.g. certain kind of quality, look, feel, etc.
when you put them all together
it comes to the higher level, the narrative
you move through these layers and the way you move is interesting
if you’re realistic, you do a painting like a photograph
your style begins to have its effect when you begin to manipulate the
working from a concrete medium, to what it depicts
2 types of directions of flow
1. top-down: abstract to concrete
e.g. if the Pope says,THIS IS WHERE IT'S AT,” everybody has to listen
e.g. they've got the power, looking from above
2. bottom-up: concrete to abstract
e.g. democratic system
e.g. top dogs listen to the people at the bottom
e.g. you've got a voice, you're looking up
top-down and bottom-up are important
Where are you in the power structures?
Where are you in your world?
2 system types
1. feed-forward loop

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2. feedback loop
feed-forward loop
e.g. Prof had two students who were soldiers and ended up with PTSD
how PTSD works: when recollecting an event that happened in the past, the thought wakes you
up to the horror of the event
first, you were thinking of the event
then, you get into the details
a thought comes to you and wakes up the memories that were stored in your limbic system; you
think of the event and then the details come back
e.g. BF breaks up with you; never a highlight, you didn't expect it
it's there and produces all of these feelings inside of you
you think of the breakup/relationship
wakes up the feelings inside of you
continuous (cycle)
e.g. similar to the thermometer at home
it was cold and then it got hot
(info from the system feeds back into it and turns it off)
inhibitory model
e.g. You crap around with your friends, you smoke/drank. Your friend says to you, “you're a little
out of control” and you calm down.
sometimes you can be too conscious
e.g. how to no longer say “uhm” when you speak
1. imagine you're on one shore
separating you from the next shore is a path of stones
2. only speak when you're standing on the stones
be silent when you're not on the stones
stones represent points you want to make
“uhm” is a space filler
moving, then inhibition
e.g. thermometer arrives at the desired temperature
both loops
continuity and self-correction
feedback: you behave, then there's correction
feed-forward: animal thing
e.g. when you can't stop a reaction, need to learn feedback
(that was looking at complementarities)
top layers
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