Yale University: PSYC 110 – Lecture 11

Lecture 11: Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part I

This class is an introduction to the evolutionary analysis of human emotions, how they work, why they exist, and what they communicate. In particular, this lecture discusses three interesting case studies, that of happiness (e.g., smiling), fear and the emotions we feel towards our relatives. Finally, this lecture ends with a brief discussion of babies’ emotional responses to their caregivers.

Chapter 1. The Different Functions of Emotions
Chapter 2. Phineas Gage and The Loss of Emotional Capacity
Chapter 3. Facial Expressions and Smiles in Particular
Chapter 4. Question and Answer on Smiles
Chapter 5. Non-Social Emotions: Fear
Chapter 6. Social Emotions and Altruism