Assumption #1: You have read the Jacaranda text - Emotions chapter

EMOTIONS - THE BIG SIX what are they?

ASSIGNMENT: PowerPoint; with extensive notes area documentation
To Help with multimedia report ...Road Rage - this should help in undertstanding the biological and psychological bases for aggression:

Ensure the 4 levels of explanation (Biological, Basic Process, Person, and Sociocultural ... levels) are addressed.

Review Emotions on the McGill University site
icon_for_McGill_Emotion.gif Ther are various levels and links to explore at this site

Try the interactives at

A Timeline of the advances in thought and theory about emotion - Perhaps you could scribe the key milestones to your notebook

This is a bit more than you need know - its the next level of theory ... fun to try anyway - think and then select your response.
The last questions deal with Schacter's 2 factor model.

Plutchik's (1980) psychoevolutionary theory of basic emotions has ten postulates.
  1. The concept of emotion is applicable to all evolutionary levels and applies to animals as well as to humans.
  2. Emotions have an evolutionary history and have evolved various forms of expression in different species.
  3. Emotions served an adaptive role in helping organisms deal with key survival issues posed by the environment.
  4. Despite different forms of expression of emotions in different species, there are certain common elements, or prototype patterns, that can be identified.
  5. There is a small number of basic, primary, or prototype emotions.
  6. All other emotions are mixed or derivative states; that is, they occur as combinations, mixtures, or compounds of the primary emotions.
  7. Primary emotions are hypothethical constructs or idealized states whose properties and characteristics can only be inferred from various kinds of evidence.
  8. Primary emotions can be conceptualized in terms of pairs of polar opposites.
  9. All emotions vary in their degree of similarity to one another.
  10. Each emotion can exist in varying degrees of intensity or levels of arousal.

Plutchik's theory has great heuristic quality and is also appealingly multidisciplinary
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