Critical Thinking Questions

1. Define and characterize an emotion, making sure to clarify how it is different from a mood.
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Explain how primary and secondary appraisals processes influence our emotions, and discuss the different ways we express and respond to emotion.
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Present the basic premises of the evolutionary and cultural perspectives on emotion. Discuss at least one major research finding for each perspective.
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Explain the roles that oxytocin, touch, and emotional mimicry play in our social relationships.
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Explain how emotional displays can indicate group status and establish group boundaries.
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Compare and contrast the feelings-as-information perspective and the processing-style perspective.
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Describe the determinants of pleasure, the barriers to accurately predicting what will make us happy, and what the research evidence says about what actually does make us happy.

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