Chapter 10 Emotions and Motivation

How are you feeling right now? What is the neural basis for the different types of emotions we feel throughout our lives? In this lecture, we will discuss the components of emotion, the ways in which we express emotion, and the parts of the brain that are in involved in emotional processing, regulation, and perception.

Some keywords: emotions, amygdala, fear, arousal, facial feedback hypothesis, fear conditioning, and memory, disgust, William James

Session Activities


Read the following before watching the lecture video.

One of the following textbook chapters:

  • Chapter 10 “Emotions and Motivations”

or the emotions and motivation chapter from either of these free text books:


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Further Study

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

Summary videos of the chapters: Watch video 12 for this chapter

MIT psych 101 video lecture on Emotions and motivation

Crash Course–Feeling all the feels: Even if you’re Mel Gibson or Kanye, it’s probably best to not wear all of your emotions on your sleeve. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about these things called “Emotions”. What are they? And why do we need them?
Crash Course–The Power of Motivation: Feeling motivated? Even if you are, do you know why? The story of Aaron Ralston can tell us a lot about motivation. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank tells us Ralston’s story, as well as 4 theories of motivation and some evolutionary perspectives on motivation. 
TV series “Facing Our Fears.” Episode 2 from “This Emotional Life.” TV series, PBS, 2010. This episode explores the role of emotions like anger, fear, anxiety, and despair have on our lives, touching on many ideas Prof. Gabrieli goes over in lecture
Website Paul Ekman’s website Website of Paul Ekman, famous pioneer researcher on emotion mentioned in class
Textbook supplement Study materials for Ch. 10, “Emotion and Motivations: Feeling and Striving.” In Kosslyn & Rosenberg, Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson, 2007) Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for a related textbook
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