emotion

If you have ever been in a sad mood – perhaps the weather is gloomy, a friend disappointed you, or you did poorly on a test in school – it is common to want to watch a sad movie. In fact, during the fall and winter months melancholy is a common emotion and results in watching...

If you look hard enough at someone’s face, can you tell what they are feeling? Let’s say they seem puzzled, frustrated or relieved. How much information do you get from the face itself and how much comes from what else is happening: what the person is up to, where they are,...

Your new book is called ‘How Emotions Are Made’. Can you explain that word ‘made’?

For much of recorded history, scholars have been battling over two different views of emotions. One view, the classical view of emotion, proposes that happiness, sadness...

I had just witnessed the customer become petulantly frustrated with a self-service machine. Yet next he turned to me and advised; ‘cheer up, it can’t be that bad!’ I had spent much of the previous night scouring the research literature for insight into this kind of comment,...

Positivity is a booming industry. Thousands of books, countless blogs and news stories, untold quantities of internet memes, and quite a bit of legitimate science sing the praises of happiness and positive thinking. This sentiment is not new, of course. Its roots precede the...

We tend to think of adult ageing as a time of losses: many aspects of our health and memory get worse. However, wellbeing and wisdom often show increases across the lifespan. How might the pattern of age-related gains and losses influence emotional skills in old age?...

If envy’s effects were contained within a single envious person, there would be little reason for the present volume about envy in organizations. It is envy’s influence on interpersonal dyads and groups that makes it relevant to organizations and the workplace....

Inside Out.
Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen (Directors)

Spoiler alert: contains plot detail!

Inside Out is an animated movie, made by Pixar and Disney, that takes us into the mind of an appealing eleven-year year old girl, Riley. The...