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emotional/evolutionary psychology

emotional/evolutionary psychology

emotional/evolutionary psychology


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2. Pick an emotion and elaborate on its functional role at the individual, interpersonal and

social levels (what does experiencing it do? What happens when we (try to)

communicate it? How does our social environment construct and regulate it?)

3. Identify AND elaborate on THREE fundamental notions which inform our current

understanding of emotions, originally proposed by Charles Darwin, William James and

Sigmund Freud respectively

4. Describe the cognitive AND social processes of activation AND maintenance (or

reproduction) of social defense mode in humans, AND those allowing its deactivation

7. Describe TWO different processes of human attachment known to involve oxytocin,

and specify the role oxytocin is assumed to play in them

9. Briefly describe the cultural and the evolutionary approaches to psychology AND the

way in which they can be combined to provide a more comprehensive view of


10. Elaborate on TWO examples of how specific emotions filter and /or modify the data

from the senses, AND in EACH case describe possible consequences for behaviour

11. Give three examples of the importance of touch for human socio-emotional

development OR functioning

13. What does the fact that emotional processes are started at pre-attentive level

(automatically, unconsciously) tell us about emotions and the human mind in general?

14. Elaborate on the notion that “rituals sustain the expression of emotion” (focus on the

articulate, repetitive, standardized nature of rituals, and the fact that they are socially


15. What function(s) can the non-verbal communication of emotions fulfill as part of our

human reproductive strategy?

16. Identify mechanisms that underlie the evolution AND the development of smiling

behavior in humans

17. A secure attachment bond facilitates two seemingly opposite aims: proximity and

exploration. Explain how this can come about.

18. Is trust an emotion? Give a general definition of emotion and then provide one

argument in favour AND one against the idea of trust being an emotion.

19. Art as emotional expression: Compare two forms of artistic expression as tools for

emotional expression AND communication (which art form is more ‘accessible’?

effective? what do we mean by that?)

20. Briefly describe two universally ‘human’ traits, and two (assumed) uniquely ‘human’


21. What are the 3 big problems of brain evolution that have led theorists to argue a

sexual rather than natural selection for big brains?

22. Discuss likely impact at the individual AND the social levels of putting emotions into

words, AND possible consequences of not being able to express emotions verbally

23. Describe the different processes of primary and secondary appraisal, AND their


24. Culture shapes the experience of emotion: elaborate on this notion in regards to sexual


25. What are the properties of music as a stimulus that make it immediately meaningful to


26. In what ways can anger be self-regulated (regulated by the individual feeling it?) In

what ways is anger be socially regulated?

27. How is sexual selection as a mechanism for evolution different from natural selection?

Include in your answer examples of one universal and one sexually dimorphic

psychological trait most likely to be the outcome of sexual rather than natural


28. Define AND discuss empathy in relation to altruism on the one hand and emotional

contagion on the other

30. Conceptually, it can be argued that emotional inhibition is a form of dehumanization.

Give a definition of dehumanization that makes this argument clear.

31. Give examples of recent (<7 million), old (> 200 million years old), and very old (> 1

billion years) adaptive behaviours or mechanisms prevalent in human populations

33. Compare and contrast the verbal with the non-verbal communication of emotions

(origins, channels, effectiveness, etc.)

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