Psychology 131 - Human Emotion

Psychology 131: Human Emotion (Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor June Gruber. 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. (from

Lecture 7.1 - Psychophysiology I: Introduction

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Lecture 1 - Introduction and What is an Emotion?
Lecture 2 - Manipulating and Measuring Emotions
Lecture 3 - Emotions in Man and Animals
Lecture 4 - Evolution and Emotion
Lecture 5 - Culture, Gender, and Sex
Lecture 6 - Emotional Behavior
Lecture 7 - Bodily Changes and Emotion
Lecture 8 - Emotions and the Brain
Lecture 9 - Emotions and the Self
Lecture 10 - Emotions and the Social World
Lecture 11 - Morality and Emotion
Lecture 12 - Cognition and Emotion
Lecture 13 - Judgment and Decision Making
Lecture 14 - Emotion Regulation
Lecture 15 - Emotion Development
Lecture 16 - Emotion and Physical Health
Lecture 17 - Emotional Disorders
Lecture 18 - Emotion and Mental Health
Lecture 19 - Happiness
Lecture 20 - Future of Emotion