Primary Readings (provided in course packet):


Pinker, S. (1999). How the mind works. (Chapter 6, "Hotheads"). New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 

Ekman, P. (2003).  Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life. (Chapters 1-2). New York: Times Books.

LeDoux J.E. (1996). The Emotional Brain (Chapters 1-2). New York: Simon & Schuster.

Pennebaker, J. (1990). Opening up: The healing power of expressing
emotions (Chapters 3-5). New York: The Guilford Press.

Ariely, D. (2008). Predictably Irrational (Chapter 5, "The influence of arousal"). New York: Harper Collins. 

Additional Readings for the Curious


A General Overview

Frijda, N. (1988) The Laws of Emotion, American Psychologist, 43, 349-358.

Facial Expression

Gladwell, M. (August 5, 2002) The naked face. The New Yorker.

Emotions and Physical Health

Sapolsky, R.M. (Fall, 2007) Peace among primates. Greater good: The science of a meaningful life.

Emotions and Aging

Hall, S.S. (May 2007) The Older-and-Wiser Hypothesis. The New York Times Magazine.

Emotion, Gender, and Culture

Chentsova-Dutton, Y. & Tsai, J.L. (2007). Gender differences in emotional response among European Americans and Hmong Americans. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 162-181.

Humor and Laughter

Panksepp, J. (2005). Beyond a joke: From animal laughter to human joy?Science, 308. 

Provine, R. (2000) The science of laughter. Psychology Today.

Some "lighter" online readings: 

Mining the internet for feelings []

How getting botox treatments might affect your emotional life

Children are psychopaths []

Dogs recognize smiles?

Blind people recognizing facial emotion 

Emotional wiring different in men and women []

Why love is like cocaine []

One professor's attempt to explain every joke ever [] 

Researchers uncover the world's funniest joke [].