Emotion refers to short-lasting affective states which occur in response to significant life events.
Emotions are complex - they involve physiology, cognition, behaviour, and social communications, as well as feelings. However, the main reason for the occurrence of different emotions is that they each serve a motivational function.
Types of emotion
Some of the main types of emotion are:
The causes of emotion are debated; they could be caused primarily by:
- physiological responses first, followed by cognitive interpretation
- cognitive responses first, followed by physiological responses
- a combination of physiological and cognitive responses
What emotions do you think are depicted in each of these images?