PSYC 412
Feelings & Emotions: Shaping the Brain and Society Fall 2022
Division III

Class Details

This course will explore what emotions are, the evolutionary origins of emotions, and the tools and techniques researchers use to study emotions both in humans and in animal models. We will examine how brain state(s) may underlie different emotions and challenge widely held notions about how an individual’s emotion can influence behavior and social factors. Questions we will explore include: Is it better to be emotional or rational? What are ‘gut feelings’? Are there gender differences in emotionality and, if so, what are their origins? Popular press literature and scientific studies will fuel student-led discussions as we seek to develop an evidence-based understanding of emotions and how they shape the world around us.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1605
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Course requirements include weekly readings, leading at least two class discussions, and writing three papers: one literature review (5-7 pages), one claim- and empirically-driven paper (5-7 pages), and one op-ed (3 pages).
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Senior psychology majors
Distributions: Division III

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