Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part II

Paul Bloom


Professor Bloom continues the discussion of emotions as useful evolutionary adaptations for dealing with our social environment. In particular, this lecture describes evolutionary explanations for several important emotional responses, such as the love between parents and their offspring, the gratitude we feel towards cooperative behaviors, the spite we feel for cheaters, and the cultural differences in feelings of revenge.

Reading assignment:

Gray, Peter. Psychology (5th edition), pp. 68-75, 212-223, 522-527

Ekman, Paul. "Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life." In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 245-254

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