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Honey, don't forget the half-life of the autonomic nervous s

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Betsi Little

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Transcript of Honey, don't forget the half-life of the autonomic nervous s

Betsi M. Little, Ph.D.
Honey, don't forget the half-life of the autonomic nervous system!
Or, relationship advice from William James
"An emotion consists of a very well orchestrated set of alterations in the body.
Its purpose is to make life more survivable by taking care of a danger or taking advantage of an opportunity."
ANTONIO DAMASIO (2010)
What are emotions and how do they work?
William James
1842 - 1910
“We feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, afraid because we tremble” (1884)
Misattributing Arousal
An emotion is the result of the physiological arousal that we experience
Step 1: You see the bear
Step 2: Body responds (Fight or flight)
Step 3: Brain perceives changes in the body and interprets it as fear.
"If you took away the body, there would be nothing left to feel"
"What is the essence of joy or sadness if they are not routed in a physical state?"
You can find great stories like this and more at my favorite podcast: Radiolab.org
This argument is brought to you by...
What happens in the
-Sapolski, 2008
-Damasio
A thought experiment...
How would you describe the feeling of sadness?
Neat, so why should I care?
bringing it full circle
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