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What does the absence of appropriate emotion index?

Often, it indexes dysfunction


What do emotions represent?

A signalling system of phenomenal sophistication:

E.g. Children and adults play considerable attention to the expression of others.
We raise our children to express and not express certain emotions


What are emotions reflected in?

Our thoughts, physiology and behaviour


What do emotions inspire?

Our most important decisions
They form the core of our experience of ourselves in this world

Ultimately emotions act as an interface between personal and interpersonal and social and biological spheres of functioning


What is the (brief) history of emotions research?

Emotion = latin for "to move"
Research only systematic since 1970s
Emotions research Was subordinate to behaviour and cognition in the history of psychology

Attempts to characterise, understand and control emotions have occurred throughout history (plato, aristotle, descartes, spinota, hume)


What are historical western thoughts on emotion?

It has historically contrasted emotions with reason:
the degree of ones emotions varies inversely with ones knowledge of the facts


What does modern emotions theory suggest.

Thinking and feeling are less separable, and has become increasingly functionalist


Why is there no concrete definition for emotions?

Emotions are complex and include many components
We also have experiences which may be emotional, but may not actually be emotions per se e.g. Moods are emotional but are not emotions.

There are also other things which are emotional like anxiety disorders or depression, but these are also not emotions


What are the 5 key components of emotions?

Phenomenology (experiences)
Cognitive change
Ovet behaviour


Why are moods distinguished from emotions?

They do not have to reflect responses to a particular event
They are typically less intense
They may last a long time


What is a working definition of emotion?

A heritable set of adaptive mechanisms that function systematically to inform, motivate and organise an organisms responses to the perception of a change in goal- environmental relationships


Why do we get emotional?

From observation, we know that people don't have the same emotional responses to a particular event

Feelings are elicited by perceived changes in the status of the tjings that matter to the person


What idea is central to modern theory?

The idea that specific ways of thinking about events (appraisal) are the proximate cause of emotions

In this view different patterns of evaluation/appraisal lead to the experience of different emotions


What is the evaluation (appraisal) process?

The stimulus or event occurs,
This event is then evaluated for meaning
An emotional response is generated


Why do we have emotions?

They are a biological phenomena that have analogues in other species
Evidence for emotions in other species was a key influence on evolutionary theory


What are some similarities between modern theory and darwins theory?

Like darwin, modern theory views human emotion as less evolved than bipedalism and opposable thumbs

Emotions exist and were shaped as they facilitated adaptation to events

As a result, the human repertoire is larger. This is due to our capacities and the specific ways in which we live


What is the relationship between emotions and cultures?

A biological view of emotions does suggest a likely similarity across cultures.

Early evidence suggested similarity in expression/recognition across cultures

However there are variations in other aspects of the emotions systems

We assume people just want to be happy, but different cultures have preference for different states e.g. Asians prefer lower arousal states like contentment

Other cultures appear to have emotion experiences that have no clear analogues in western culture


What is the relationship between emotion and development.

Development is an area of evidence which confirms the evolved view of emotions

Infants show patterns of response which appear to be analogous to adult emotions e,g, restraint produces frustration, startling produces fear

Infants are highly attuned to emotions in the social environment. They gain information from other peoples expressions.
Infants are competent with emotions - can discrimminate from the age of 4 months


How do emotions change across the lifespan?

Basic emotions are seen early in life

People come from a particular place developmentally,
There is often a gaining of a Larger emotional repertoire with development
There is evidence of decoupling among the components of emotions with age
There is also a great ability to regulate emotions across the lifespan.


What is emotion regulation?

The ability to regulate emotions.

The processes by which individuals influence which emotions they have, when they have them and how they are experienced and express them.

This is one of the most important and sophisticated abilities we possess (among adults, emotions are rarely evident in a non regulated state.)


What is emotion regulation like in infants and small children?

Infants and small children show poor regulatory ability so much that most regulation is conducted by someone else, usually the mother


Why is emotion regulation so hard for infants and small children?

It is a complicated skill which depends on the acquisition of considerable knowledge/ability


What are some emotion regulation strategies?

Use of drugs,Smoking


What are the two broad classes of emotion regulation?

Antecedent focused emotion regulation

Response focused emotion regulation


What is antecedent focused emotional regulation?

This is where situation selection, situation modification, attentional deployment, and cognitive change occur before an emotional response is fully generated


What is response focused emotion regulation?

This is where response modulation occurs after an emotional response is fully generated.


What are emotion regulation links to health?

Research has discovered and continues to concentrate on 6 pathways which links emotion regulation to health outcomes


What are the links of emotion regulation to health outcomes before diagnoses?

Primary causative and preventative
Secondary causative and preventative
Symptom, attention sensitivity and reporting
Medical contact, detection and screening behaviours,


What are the links of emotion regulation to health after formal diagnosis?

Treatment decision making
Treatment adherence


Which diseases have negative emotions linked to them?

Heart disease
Common cold