WOk: Emotion Preeti Iyengar

Are Emotions Always Linked To Belief?

Name: Preeti Iyengar - Group Members: Sarah, Preeti, Thomas, Antoine - Start Date: 2/13/17 End Date: 2/22/17

Progress Journal

2/13/17: Today we want to accomplish how we are going to execute emotion as a way that individuals gain knowledge. My group believes that emotion and strong emotions do affect the way we perceive things. Strong emotions can hinder our sense perception by biasing whatever information we gain. As an experiment, we would want to test this out to participants in this school as a social experiment and see what kind of results we get when we use emotion as an independent variable.

2/15/17: Today we would like to accomplish our documentary and we would want to finish gathering all the data we can for the experiment. Currently we have 2 people from middle school and elementary school so we need more people from high school and faculty which we hope to get today. We also want a good foundation of how we will present to the class and what we will say to the audience for them to understand how our experiment tests our knowledge question.

2/17/17: We want to elaborate it in a way that is interesting and educational about what our goal is which will help our peers fully understand how emotion affects our sense perception. For my WOK, I learned that emotions really do contribute to an individual's beliefs. It is very hard to separate them because they are quite similar in many aspects. I am quite prepared for our badge project. I have all the information we need for our presentation all we need is to get participants so that we can see how emotions actually affect beliefs.

2/21/17: We came to the conclusion for a question that can be answered by many different kinds of people with different backgrounds and age groups. We have split it into three different questions so that whoever we are asking truly understand what we are talking about. 1. Do you think that the way you feel can affect your belief? 2. What are your beliefs on the U.S government? 3. How do you feel about the current president of the United States? 4. Do you think that the way you feel about the POTUS affects your beliefs on the U.S. government? With these questions we were able to figure out of emotions on certain things have an affect on what our beliefs are. Our hypothesis was that it does.

Reflection Journal

What we found was that there was no direct correlation. Some people's emotions had no affect on their belief and other participants emotions linked to their beliefs. I believe that I learned a lot from this chapter and that it was very interesting because there are so many variables when talking about emotion. Through our hypothesis and conclusion, we realized that we cannot find a true answer for the question of if of emotions link to belief. It depends on the individual and how easy or hard it is for them to tuck in their emotions to not let it get away with their beliefs or alter them. In the beginning we did struggle to find a solid essential question about emotion that we could relate back to our experiment. First we thought of the question "how do you feel about the country you live in", to ask to our participants but we realized that it was too broad and if we were to ask another question about TOK, that person would not have been able to answer. We solved this problem by asking multiple questions, the four questions that we made up, to allow the answers to run smoothly and not confuse the participants. In conclusion, I learned a lot about emotion and I also learned that making videos is a great way to express data in an interesting yet educational manner.


Through the essential question "are emotions linked to belief", we came up with our own question. Which is are emotions always linked to belief. With this question, we used the four questions that we derived to understand if emotions really are linked to belief.

Elective Reading

Currently, there has been a waging war in Syria for the past 7 years. The problem although did not get broadcasted worldwide so many people who do not live in Syria had no idea what drastic situation the Syrians were in. In 2015, a photo of a young three year old boy being carried by a rubber boat that his family put him in surfaced the internet and sparked much controversy. The affect of this picture reaching thousands of people all over the world increased the donations that were given to the Swedish Red Cross campaign for Syrian Refugees; around 55 times greater. The question that arises is why did this one photo affect so many people that only now they start to take action. I believe that it all has to do with emotion. The fact that it was a young helpless boy should affect adults with children. They would not want their own kids to suffer the way the boy suffered and that could be a large factor in the multiple donations. It sparked something inside of them that they wanted to do everything they could to help the terrible current situation that many people around the world were neglecting.

Extension Proposal

When people are emotionally stable, they are aware of their thoughts, feelings and actions and can learn to deal with their problems in a manner that does not physically or emotionally damage anyone. These people tend to be happier, and have better relationships. However, life can throw many things that people least expect and that can take a toll on anyone's emotional stability no matter how healthy they are with how they feel. Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. When a person suffers from poor health due to a mental disorder or because of a tragic event that happened in their life, it makes them sad or mad. Your body then responds to these emotions with symptoms that people normally have such as headaches, nausea, and high blood pressure. And of course, these are not good for the body. It is always good to have a good emotional balance because it really makes a difference on an individuals' health. When people have good emotional health, they live longer and happier lives, and when stress hits them, they have appropriate ways to deal with it that does not end in a blow to their health.

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