Emotion as a Way of Knowing: Intro

“We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

“Emotion” comes from the Latin “movere”“to move”. In this unit we will refer to emotions as feelings, moods, and passions. We’ll also touch on intuition. We will be exploring ways in which emotions are a source of knowledge, as well as how they can obstruct knowledge. Finally, we’ll examine the relationship between emotion and reason, and how they both affect our decision-making.

UNIT QUESTIONS

–       In what ways are emotions activated by internal and external factors?

–       What are the dangers of emotion?

–       What are the strengths/ benefits of emotion?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and intellect?

–       How do we recognize and categorize emotions?

–       How does body language and facial expression exhibit emotion?

–       What is the importance of emotion in human affairs?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and reason?

–       How are beliefs and emotions tied together?

–       How do chemicals, altering substances, and technology affect emotions?

–       To what extent can a machine have emotion?

–       What role does emotion play in decision-making?

–       Are emotions/feelings essential?

–       What is the role of intuition in…creativity? science? maths? historical research?

How are you feeling right now? Maybe this will help?

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http://smyface.com/

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Now let’s check out how people around the world (at least the bloggers and microbloggers) are feeling.

http://visual.ly/we-feel-fine?view=true (cannot be viewed in Chrome)

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin andMark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing “I feel” or “I am feeling” is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified “feelings”. This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, ishere.

For more on DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Take a PEEK inside the WE FEEL FINE BOOK (amazing infographics!)

TRACKING EMOTIONS USING DATA MINING + DATA VIZ

ANALYSE YOUR TWEETS FOR EMOTIONAL STYLE

TWITTEROLOGY: A New Science? 

TWITTER STUDY TRACKS WHEN WE ARE

WHY WOULD COMPANIES WANT EMOTION-READING SOFTWARE? 

FACE-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE + THEGUARDIAN’s PHOTOS= “Today’s Emotional Breakdown” Infographic 

EMOTICON ANALYSIS (in Twitter)

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The EMOTIONALLY VAGUE PROJECT: (ANGER/ JOY/ FEAR/ SADNESS/ LOVE)

Process

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Results

We will replicate this project in class using paper people, a Google doc, and a tag cloud creator. You will need to place marks on the paper person in response to these questions: Where do you feel this emotion in your body and if it has a direction, draw arrows.

ANGER  JOY   FEAR    LOVE    SADNESS

On this Google doc, please fill out the thing (word or phrase with no spaces) that makes you feel those emotions and the color you associate with the emotions. We will be creating a tag cloud after all 3 classes participate, so it’s fine to repeat a word or phrase.

FILL THIS OUT PLEASE

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2o Feelings and Situations Everybody Hates: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/20-feelings-and-situations-that-everybody-hates/

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What if you were functionally unaware of your emotions? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-emotional-bankruptcy-of-alexithymia/

Is Your Face Giving You Away?

The JAMES-LANGE THEORY (named after the 2 psychologists who came up with it), suggests that emotions are essentially PHYSICAL in nature, closely tied to our bodies, and that bodily changes come before and even cause emotional changes.

– If you remove the physical symptoms of an emotion does the emotion disappear?

– If you mimic the corresponding physical symptoms can you generate an emotion?

– If you talk with someone experiencing a particular emotion, do you yourself unconsciously mimic the physical expressions of his mood, leading to EMPATHY? (we call this “picking up on moods”)

– Can moods then be “infectious”?

However – this theory doesn’t address the role of our minds. Our beliefs can affect our emotions, and our emotions can affect our beliefs!

HOW A MOOD MUSIC MACHINE CAN READ AND HELP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS:

Emotion Categorization Links

Contrasting and Categorization of Emotions

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Wikipedia: Emotion (includes theories)

Vocabulary of Emotions (Extensive List)

List of “Feeling” Words (by category)

Emotion and Memory (Wikipedia)

Plutchik Wheel of Emotions

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(click to enlarge)

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How do emotions affect our decision making (LINK to reasoning)?

Nic Cage+Tao of YOLO

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