Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Nature of emotion

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Lecture 07: Nature of emotion

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This is the seventh lecture for the Motivation and emotion unit of study.

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This lecture introduces key questions about the psychology of emotion and major theories of emotion.



  1. Chapter 12: Nature of emotion: Six perennial questions (Reeve, 2018)


This video introduces emotion:

  1. Feeling All the Feels: Crash Course Psychology #25 (CrashCourse, Youtube) (Watch until 2:00; total 10:50 mins)

An excellent 2 min video explaining emotions and the brain:

Paul Ekman explains what emotion is, why we have emotions, and how they can be regulated:

This video shows the trailer for a TV series about lie detection through analysis of facial expression and body language:

  • Lie to me - Promo 2 (2:01 min video about TV series focusing on lie detection through facial expression / body language)


See also[edit]



  1. Ekman, P. & Cordaro, D. (2011). What is meant by calling emotions basic. Emotion Review, 3, 364-370.

External links[edit]

This video provides a more detailed discussion about how to tell when someone is lying: