Emotion and Affect

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    Psychology of Mass Hysteria

    When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, an interesting behavior took place.  Within a few days of the warnings about the spread of COVID-19, people flocked to the stores to buy supplies.  Although that isn’t a behavior out of the ordinary, one of the items people hoarded in great supply was – toilet paper. There will likely be many ongoing theories as…

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    Your Body Language Can Shape Who You Are

    Amy Cuddy explores body language and how it might impact your success. One of the most interesting points discusses how you can impact the view others have of you by “power posing”.

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  • A Happiness Gene

    In this clip, a geneticist, Gene Hama, explains that people are born with a long or short gene that acts like a natural version of Prozac and affects their happiness. Hama found that people with a long form of the gene were happier overall whereas people with the short gene were more neurotic. What does Hama explain about genes at…

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  • Putting Your Best Face Forward

    UBC Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn explains her theory putting your best face forward. Dr. Dunn explains that in initial interactions we do our best to be impressive whereas were not as likely to put in the necessary effort with intimate partners/friends. Dr. Dunn focused her research on romantic couples and asked them to each put their best face forward…

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  • Discovering Psychology: Communication of Emotion

    This student project explores emotion and how it is communicated. They humorously cover the various ways we communicate, including voice quality, facial expression, body language, personal space and explicit acts. Take the James-Lange and Cannon-Bard theories of emotion into account; how do the bodys and minds reactions occur and in what order?

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  • Non-Verbal Communication Tools: Facial Feedback

    This video from Expert Village explains facial feedback as a non-verbal communication tool. Tracy Goodwin explains how facial feedback evokes your response to what someone else is saying. Tracy explains that you want to encourage or discourage the speaker with your facial expressions. What is the facial feedback hypothesis? How does it relate to the James-Lange theory of emotion?

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  • The Science of Love the Aron Study

    Putting Art Arons theory that danger can provoke passion to the test, an attractive female experimenter stands on a windy suspension bridge and asks a male participant to take part in an experiment. She asked them to fill out a sheet then write a brief dramatic story based on a photograph. She then offered to explain the experiment over the…

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  • I Love You Man Film Trailer

    In this trailer for the film I Love You Man, Jason Segal leaves his dogs droppings in the middle of the Venice beach boardwalk. A jogger steps on it and tells Jason to pick up after his dog. Jason then intimidates the jogger by screaming in his face and says, Society tells us to act civilized but the truth is…

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  • When Emotions Make Better Decisions Antonio Damasio

    Antonio Damasio, acclaimed researcher and professor of neuroscience, explains the importance of emotions in decision-making. He speaks with David Brooks about people who suffer from brain damage and are unable to make simple decisions. Damasio explains that they are unable to choose because emotions allow us to mark things as good, bad or indifferent. Without conjuring up the emotion, they…

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  • Emotional Intelligence in Practice

    This clip offers two examples one where the nurse lacks emotional intelligence with a knee-surgery patient and another where she shows emotional intelligence with the patient. Define emotional intelligence. How do the nurses approaches to the patients cries differ? What emotionally intelligent techniques does the second nurse use? How does the patient react?

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