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“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you”*…



Psychology once assumed that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust. But a new study from Greater Good Science Center faculty director Dacher Keltner suggests that there are at least 27 distinct emotions—and they are intimately connected with each other.

Using novel statistical models to analyze the responses of more than 800 men and women to over 2,000 emotionally evocative video clips, Keltner and his colleagues at UC Berkeley created a multidimensional, interactive map to show how feelings like envy, joy, pride, and sadness relate to each other.

“We found that 27 distinct dimensions, not six, were necessary to account for the way hundreds of people reliably reported feeling in response to each video,” said study senior author Keltner, whose findings recently appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Explore the range at: “How Many Different Human Emotions Are There?

[TotH to @MartyKrasney]

* Roger Ebert


As we speculate on the spectrum, we might spare a thought for John Broadus Watson; he died on this date in 1958.  A psychologist inspired by the (then recent) work of Ivan Pavlov, Watson established the psychological school of behaviorism, most dramatically through his address Psychology as the Behaviorist Views it, at Columbia University in 1913.  Watson studied the biology, physiology, and behavior of animals, viewing them as extremely complex machines that responded to situations according to their “wiring,” or nerve pathways, which were conditioned by experience.  When he continued with studies of the behavior of children, his conclusion was that humans, while more complicated than animals, operated on the same principles; he was particularly interested in the conditioning of emotions.  Watson’s behaviorism dominated psychology in the U.S. in the 1920s and ’30s (and got a second wind with the ascendence of B.F. Skinner).



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September 25, 2017 at 1:01 am

“You give me fever”*…


People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas

When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, they found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.

People reported that happiness and love sparked activity across nearly the entire body, while depression had the opposite effect: It dampened feelings in the arms, legs and head. Danger and fear triggered strong sensations in the chest area, the volunteers said. And anger was one of the few emotions that activated the arms…

Read the whole story at “Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over,” and peruse the research paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

* from “Fever,” written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym “John Davenport.”  It was originally recorded by Little Willie John in 1956, then covered by various artists, notably Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Usha Uthup, Ray Charles, Nancy Sinatra, The McCoys, The Blues Band, Boney M., Amanda Lear, La Lupe, Madonna, Fishtank Ensemble, The Jam, The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, Bette Midler, Michael Bublé, and Suzi Quatro


As we as we try to recall whether it’s “mind over body” or “body over mind,” we might send emotional birthday greetings to Karl Sune Detlof Bergström; he was born on this date in 1916.  An accomplished biochemist, Bergström shared the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Bengt I. Samuelsson and John R. Vane for the isolation, identification, and analysis of prostaglandins and related biologically active substances.  As these biochemical compounds influence such physiological phenomena in mammals as blood pressure and body temperature, they are surely active in the reactions mapped by the Finns, above.



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January 10, 2014 at 1:01 am

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple”*…


Words that don’t exist for feelings that do…

… these and more at The Emotionary.

*  Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums


As we pack our portmanteaus, we might recall that it was on this date in 1626 that a large codfish, split open at a Cambridge market, revealed a religious text inside, written by John Frith.  Frith, a English protestant and preacher of religious tolerance, had been imprisoned a century before by Cardinal Wolsey in the fish cellar at Cardinal College.

The text was ultimately published by Cambridge University Press as “Vox Piscis.”

Frith (and Andrew Hewet) being burned at the stake for heresy, 1533



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June 23, 2013 at 1:01 am

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