Understanding Emotion

Where do emotions come from? Are they hardwired at birth?

Whether we care to admit it, emotion is intrinsically linked to how we reason and make decisions. It’s critical to learning and memory. It’s one of the highest levels of bioregulation and it influences our well-being. Surprise, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, and joy all trigger unique physiological responses, while feelings are our conscious interpretations of those emotions. So where do emotions come from? Are they hardwired at birth, or are they constructed by our brains as we develop? Are our varied reactions somehow part of our genetic makeup? Why do emotions feel involuntary? We will explore the science of emotion and the hidden forces that drive our behavior and that of those around us.

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