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Lecture Notes Psych 385 021010

Lecture Notes Psych 385 021010 - Emotional experience fall...

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Lecture Notes Psych 385 Psychology of Emotion Are some emotions more “basic” than others? Emotions as Natural Kinds Categories of objects that reflect “real” distinctions in nature, a deep similarity or “essence” These are categories that “carve nature at its joints” Chemical elements Elementary particles Species Something a set of things has in common which distinguishes it from other things as a real set rather than sa a grouop of things arbitrarily lumpred together by a person or group of people Not cultural artifacts transportation” “Adult – Contemporary music” What “Basic” Means At least three ways in which researchers use the term “basic emotion” 1. Discrete 2. Solved specific Functional problems in our ancestry Basic emotion universal to all humans from the evolution 3. “Building–Blocks” or “Primary colors” Basic Claim I: Discrete
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Unformatted text preview: Emotional experience fall into one categories Different emotions differ in their appraisals, elicitors, behavioral responses, physiology, etc. Lies in distinct contrast to dimensional approach Valence and arousal dimensions don’t capture the distinction between negative emotions such as a anger and fear (both negative. High arousal emotions) or positive emotions such as contentment and relief Anger and fear both negative emotions but how do we distinguish btw two? Dimensional Approach Sees emotions as falling on a continuum of certain dimensions Arousal “Basic” Claim 2: Functional Functional Emotions evolved to solve a specific kind of problem Innate responses to common problems that plague all human beings across time and culture Specifically tied to evolutionary approach Explicitly due to phylogeny, not ontogeny “Basic” Claim 3:...
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