Course Content (Syllabus)
The study of emotion has advanced considerably since early theoretical investigations into its nature. Developments within different fields of psychology (clinical, social, developmental) point to the importance of research on the nature and function of emotion. The aim of the EMOTION course is to deepen your understanding of this area of psychological research and theorizing.
The course will: a) explore cognitive, behavioral (display), and social, theories emotion, b) examine recent approaches, that have stressed the interpersonal nature and the social informants of emotional processes. The module aims ultimately to demonstrate the close connection between intrapersonal, interpersonal and cultural facets of emotion.
By the end of the course and via successful participation in the course you will be in a position to: a) Evaluate the major theoretical frameworks in which psychologists have described and explained emotion; b) Critically consider the primary debates existent in theories of emotion (e.g., cognition vs. affect, categorical vs. dimensional structure, culture vs. biology); c) Be aware of differences in the levels of analysis of explaining emotion: intrapersonal, interpersonal, cultural. d) Analyze the role of conscious and non-conscious emotion in social behavior (in particular with regard to personality, clinical and interpersonal relationship research); e) Critically evaluate the major methods in assessing emotion in social behavior; f) Be aware of the cross-cultural differences and similarities in emotion functions and processes.
PART I: THE INTRAPERSONAL LEVEL OF ANALYSIS
1. Early and contemporary approaches to emotion
2. The structure of emotion
3. Emotion: Comparing Cognitive and affective structures
4. Assessing Individual Differences in Emotion-Cognition links: EI as a concept
5. Affect: Implications for motivation (and decision making)
PART II: THE INTERPERSONAL LEVEL: BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND OTHERS
6. Emotion regulation: Individual and interpersonal processes
7. Socio-developmental perspectives on emotion and its regulation
8. Adult attachment and emotion in dyadic interaction
9. Facial emotion expressions
10. On Empathy: The concept, measures
PART III: CULTURE AND EMOTION
11. Culture and Emotion: Commonalities and Differences
12. The Cultural context of Emotion Perception
emotion, social behavior, expressions, facial perception, cultural understanding
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Niedenthal, P.M., Krauth-Gruber, S., & Ric, F., (2006). Ψυχολογία του Συναισθήματος: Διαπροσωπικές, βιωματικές και γνωστικές προσεγγίσεις. Αθήνα: Τόπος.
Ekman, P. And Davidson, R. (eds.) (1995). The nature of emotion: fundamental questions. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Καφέτσιος, Κ. (2005). Δεσμός, συναίσθημα και διαπροσωπικές σχέσεις. Αθήνα: Τυπωθήτω.
Oatley, Keith, & Jenkins, Jennifer, M. (1995). Understanding Emotions. Toronto: Blackwell Publishers.
Parrot, (2003). The Social Psychology of Emotion: A reader. Sage.
Frijda, N. H. (1986). The Emotions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.