Dear Self Interested Ontologists,
I found this video of Peter Snyder explaining how Darwin experimented on 24 people using a
single blind experiment related to emotions:
He describes it as:
the first example of a prospective
"single-blind" study of human perception of emotional _expression_
Snyder also claims that this experiment was echoed ever since by
experimental psychologists looking for emotional behaviors.
There is a good Wikipedia write-up describing how emotions evolved
work looked at not only facial expressions in both humans
and animals, but attempted to point out parallels between behaviors
in animals and in humans.
emotions, such as fear, are associated with ancient parts of the brain and
presumably evolved among our premammal ancestors. Filial emotions, such as a
human mother's love for her offspring, seem to have evolved among early
mammals. Social emotions, such as guilt and pride, evolved among social
primates. Sometimes, a more recently evolved part of the brain moderates an
older part of the brain, such as when the cortex moderates the amygdala's fear
response. Evolutionary psychologists consider human emotions to be best adapted
to the life our ancestors led in nomadic foraging bands.
I hope those of you who are interested in emotional behaviors as
explanations of human actions find these two references useful.
Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com
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