Big Picture Science – Happily Confused

by Gary Niederhoff on April 21, 2014


Big Picture Science – Happily Confused

Do you feel happy today? How about happily disgusted? Maybe sadly surprised, or sadly disgusted? Human emotions are complex. But at least they’re the common language that unites us all – except when they don’t. A tribe in Namibia might interpret our expression of fear as one of wonderment. And people with autism don’t feel the emotions that others do.

So if you’re now delightfully but curiously perplexed, tune in and discover the evolutionary reason for laughter … how a computer can diagnose emotional disorders that doctors miss … and why the world’s most famous autistic animal behaviorist has insight into the emotional needs of cattle.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Scott Weems – Why We Laugh
Part 2: Brian Malow – Science comedian
Part 3: Aleix Martinez – Emotion Recognition Software
Part 4: Maria Gendron – Perceiving Emotion
Part 5: Temple Grandin – Animal Emotion

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