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Lecture 1 - Summer 2011

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Michelle Hilscher

PSYC18 Psychology of Emotion Lecture 1: Tentative Midterm date = June 22 Wednesday Emotions in Life: A bit of patchwork quilt - Experience emotions all the time, in everyday life - Ex: Movies, Fear of the unknown = Jaws, Blair Witch Project, Happiness, Comedy, Emotion and Aesthetic Experiences: Emotion and Logical Reasoning - Style of paintings J abstract, subjective experience - Emotions are needed to make good decisions in life History - Has it been discussed and experienced throughout time Evolutionary Perspectives - Polar opposite to socio-cultural perspectives Socio-cultural Perspectives - Culturally determined Expression of Emotions - Is it culturally determined? Emotions and the Body - Mind-body connect Emotions, the Brain, and Cognition - Moods and types of thinking Emotions and Development - Do emotions change Emotions and Social Relationships - Rely on other people to feel = pity, guilt Emotions and Mental Health A Short History of Emotions: Different questions addressed by historians: 1. Always emotions? J have people always felt it? 2. Nature of the phenomenon J experience? does sadness we feel now = sadness they felt in the past 3. Explanations J Have explanations we used to explain emotions changed over time? To address # 1 (always emotions?): - Look at myths and old writings. - ARE EMOTIONS DESCRIBED? a. The Epic of Gilgamesh J loneliness, love, revenge b. The Iliad - c. Confucius & Mencius J bull feels fear d. Greek mythology J- the gods represent OR control emotions - Olympian Gods are very emotional = Aries - anger hatred, war, Athena J desire to protect others, Dianesis = ecstasy, wine, dance etc, Jealously and Pride - Z]L }LZ;not emotional, very rational and logical, order - What religion to follow? - LL}L; social class - Olympian (higher class, have means for luxury) vs. Orphic mystery (lower class) - Be emotional, live your life there is no afterlife, indulge in luxury - Work hard, do not feel emotions, take you away from living a good life, will not go to afterlife
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