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Universal Emotions and Adaptive Role of Emotion – Emotions (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, MD
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    Okay, next take a look at universal emotion. Now this is the premise that across the globe, across the world, universally we have six common emotions. So these are fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness and surprise. So Darwin, Charles Darwin had made, he had proposed that this is actually driven behind biological drivers. Meaning that this isn't a culturally specific thing. This is something that is universally consistent. So he proposed that this is driven by natural selection and has a universal cross cultural expression. So doesn't matter if you are here in Germany, if you are there in Canada, or if you are over there in India, there's going to be a consistent expression of these 6 emotions. Now this isn't to say that you are going to have, you are not going to have other emotions as well. But these 6 remain consistent. So this is actually been validated and supported by what we say pre-literate cultures. Meaning before things were actually documented in this consistent fashion. It looked at things like cave drawings or other paintings, allegories and stories of emotion. And these ones would always come up. So these are the 6 major universal emotions. And these are the ones that you should be familiar with. We're going to talk about how emotion can change. And to discuss that, we're going to look at Yerkes-Dodson's law. So Yerkes-Dodson's law states that the relationship between performance and emotional arousal is a U-shaped correlation. So let me break that down for you in English. So what we're saying is, emotion can actually impact how well and how poor you do on a specific task. And it's going to do so in a U-shaped curve. So we are going to walk through that curve. And we'll break down each...

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    The lecture Universal Emotions and Adaptive Role of Emotion – Emotions (PSY) by Tarry Ahuja, MD is from the course Responding to the World.


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    1. Nostalgia
    2. Happiness
    3. Sadness
    4. Fear
    5. Disgust
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    2. 8
    3. 4
    4. 3
    5. 9
    1. Yerkes-Dodson lAaw
    2. James-Lange theory
    3. Cannon-Bard theory
    4. Two factor theory
    5. Arousal theory
    1. It has a linear relationship.
    2. It is based on complexity of a task.
    3. It is based on emotional arousal.
    4. After a certain level of arousal, performance decreases.
    5. The impact of arousal on performance can vary across a population.

    Author of lecture Universal Emotions and Adaptive Role of Emotion – Emotions (PSY)

     Tarry Ahuja, MD

    Tarry Ahuja, MD


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