Description: What does sentient mean? Its dictionary definition typical says something like responsive to and conscious of sense impressions; aware; conscious. We (us humans) are sentient, though there was a time when we believe that infant humans were not (we DO think they ARE sentient now). A huge part of how we manage or are… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Emotion
Human Emotions: What is Universal and What is Not?
Description: If you have taken an introductory Psychology course you have certainly seen some version of the picture below showing facial expressions of emotion and you likely saw the picture in the context of a part of a lecture on the universality (across cultures) of basic human emotions such as those showing on the faces… Read more »
Analyzing Elvis: Parapraxis, Memory and Emotion
Description: Even if you have not taken a single Psychology course you certainly have heard of Freudian slips. A Freudian slip is where someone misspeaks, and the “error” actually exposes a deeper meaning or intention buried somewhere in the speaker’s unconscious that they themselves may be trying to remain unaware of. For example, if you… Read more »
Reason vs. Emotion or Reason and Emotion = Learning?
Description: Ok quick, don’t think just answer this question: What is the relationship between reason and emotion? Typically, our first reaction is to say that reason and emotion are in a bit of a tug of war. If you are thinking reasonably you are not being emotional and if you are being emotional you are… Read more »
Can Computers Recognize Human Facial Expressions of Emotion?
Description: Recognizing what other people are thinking by reading their facial expressions of emotion is a critical part of functioning adaptively as a human being. Children start to pick this up fairly early on developmentally and individuals struggling on the autism spectrum disorder dimension struggle with such basic reading tasks. So, are computers capable of… Read more »