WOK2 Badge: Emotion A digital portfolio by MArco Symington

Group Members: Angela, Camilla, Diana

First Journal - 2/14/17

My new group consists of Angela, Camilla, and Diana. We decided to choose chapter 7, emotion for our next badge. The chapter talks about many things that interest me, because I know a little bit more about this chapter than the average student, since i take psychology as an IB course.

2/16/17 - what is the main point about your WOK that you want to make in your badge project?

In this emotion badge project, i would like to make the point that emotions can alter decision making, and have a great effect on the impulsive decisions one makes. For example if a family member is about to get shot by a bullet, the idea that someone will jump in front of a bullet for them fascinates me and i want to explore why that happens and what we can gain as knowledge from that.

2/21/17 - note#1 (start of class)

What’s your plan for your project? Restate your main point.

the plan i came up with for our project which we probably wouldn't use, is that we would create hypothetical situations and see what people would do. The emotion would likely change between the control and experimental variables. We would hope to see that one would make an irrational impulsive decision when emotion is involved, rather than when emotion is not involved. For example, say there was a house fire, and you had made it out safely, but there was a pot that was going to burn in the kitchen. Would you get it? the same situation again with a person instead of a pot.

2/21/17 - note #2 (end of class)

what did you learn today about your WOK2?

Today i learned about the James-Lange Theory. We actually learned a lot about this theory. I discovered that emotion is very reliant on bodily reactions. The activity at the beginning of the chapter is very interesting and it made me think, and now i agree with what the aim of the activity was. The activity’s goal was to state that for example, the nerves someone gets before taking a test are shown in physical reactions such as palms sweating, knees weak, etc. What we have left to do is the experiment itself. It sounds like a lot, but in reality we got a lot of work done today and did all the planning we need to get this done. WE know the layout/outline of our presentation, and it will stay under 7 minutes. We need to interview Mr. Polley, Ms. Oakes, and hopefully their students, all well trained performers.

2/23/17 - Post presentation

Today went very well, both the quiz and the presentation went well. The presentation was very good, Angela was great at making our video look nice and it was a lot of fun talking about how emotion affects ways of knowing. We came to the conclusion that it is a very mysterious way of knowing, because it is so powerful. It can be a very good way of knowing or a very bad one. In our presentation for example, nervousness drove some of these performers to do very well, but also stated that an overwhelming amount of nervousness or confidence could also lead to very bad things. In our presentation, we ended up timing our presentation exactly, finishing on the dot of 7 minutes, which i am very proud of because we had an activity, a video, and a reflection.

Essential Question: Can/should we control our emotions?

Main point: The James-Lange theory states that physical stimuli lead to the feeling we call emotions. Before a test, if it weren't for sweaty palms, the sinking feeling in your stomach, or any other physical symptoms you might get, would the nervousness you get before the exam actually exist? We want to explore this by interviewing performers in our school (dancers, theatre actors and actresses, etc.) whom obviously find a way to overcome stage fright, if they even get it. We expect that by changing our physical symptoms, we can alter our emotions. We are hoping to get this answered by the professionals. We think that most performers learn to keep their anxiety in control just for the performance, but some professionals may be able to change their emotional state entirely.

Documentation for presentation

In our interview we looked for a number of performers to ask questions to about their emotions and how they were controlled...This was an example of a possible interview.

1. Do you get nervous or anxious before performing or speaking in front of others?

2. How does being nervous affect your performance?

3. How do you prepare yourself before a performance? What do you do to calm your body/muscles?

4. How does calming yourself down affect your performance?

5. Does physically calming down make you feel less nervous?

6. The James-Lange theory says that emotions are reliant on bodily reactions. For example, palms sweating are the cause of nervousness. Do you agree with this?

Elective Reading: https://www.ted.com/talks/rana_el_kaliouby_this_app_knows_how_you_feel_from_the_look_on_your_face?language=en#t-651070

This Ted Talk spoken by Rana el Kaliouby talks about herself a woman who had to leave home to attend university, and she felt that she had lost the communication with her parents and family. She planned to keep the communication line between her and her family while she was abroad studying by wanting to create an app that can sense the human face with a camera and detect its emotions by recognizing the different action points such as an eyebrow raise, a common indicator of surprise. This is fascinating because if technology can interpret emotions, soon technology will become better than humans at interpreting emotions. This Ted Talk is also interesting because it goes right in line with the James-Lange theory. If it weren't for the facial expressions that help determine different emotions, the technology would not be able to determine someone’s emotion. This essentially means that without the physical stimuli, the emotion does not even exist to the technology, supporting the James-Lange theory.

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