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Psychology of Emotions 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


Define emotions and differentiate between different types of emotions.
To know and characterize the main theories of emotions.
Identify the main brain structures of the emotions and chemical mediators.
To know the tools of psychophysiological evaluation of emotions.
Identify individual and social differences in the expression of emotions.

Recommended Prerequisites

Dont have.

Teaching Metodology

The curricular unit will be taught in theoretical-practical classes in which expositive and participatory techniques will be adopted.
Continuous assessment, through 2 assessment tests and one work assignmet.

Body of Work

1. Nature and classification of emotions:
1.1 - Primary Emotions and Secondary Emotions
1.2 - Function of emotions
1.3 - Emotions and Feeling
1.4 - Emotional Development
1.5 - Affective acquisitions due to emotional development
1.6 - From the development to the notion of locus control
2. Theories of emotions:
2.1 - Primitive Theory
2.2 - Phenomenological theory
2.3 - Behavioral Theory
2.4 - Physiological theory
2.5 - Developmental Theory
2.6 - Social theory
3. Biological bases of emotions:
3.1 - Emotional brainstem centers
3.2 - Limbic emotional centers
3.3 - Neo-Cortical Emotional Centers
3.4 - chemical mediators of emotions
4. Studies and psychophysiological evaluation of emotions:
4.1 - Electroencephalogram
4.2 - Electromyogram
4.3 - Electrical activity of the skin
4.4 - Electrocardiogram
5. Emotions and culture:
5.1 - Social construction of emotions.

Recommended Bibliography

Belzung, C. (2007). Biologia das emoções. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget
Oatley, K. & Jenkins, J. M. (2006). Understanding emotions. Oxford: Blackwell
Paula M. Niedenthal, François Ric (2017). Psychology of Emotion 2ª Edition. Routledge editions
Shiotta, M., & Kalat, J. (2012). Emotion (2nd Ed.). California: Wadsworth.
Strongman, K. T. (2004). A psicologia da emoção (2ª ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi

Complementary Bibliography

Comer, R., & Gould, E. (2011). Psychology around us. Jefferson City: John Wiley & Sons
Damásio, A. (2011). O erro de Descartes: emoção, razão e o cérebro humano. Lisboa: Temas e Debates.
Kalat, J. (2009). Biological Psychology. California: Wadsworth.
Kalat, J. (2011). Introduction to Psychology (9th Ed.). California: Wadsworth
Lewis, M. & Haviland-Jones, J. M. (2000). Handbook of Emotions. NY: Guilford

Weekly Planning

1 - Presentation of the program contents, evaluation methodologies and recommended bibliography. Distribution of themes of evaluation work and organization of groups assignment work.

2 - Nature and classification of emotions: Primary emotions and secondary emotions; Function of emotions; Emotions and Feeling. Viewing videos and reflection on them.

3 - Emotional development; Affective acquisitions arising from emotional development. Viewing videos and reflection on them.

4 - From development to the notion of locus control. Exercises of application of knowledge.

5 - Theories of emotions: Primitive theory; Phenomenological theory; Behavioral theory;

6 - Assessment test 1. Theories of emotions: Physiological theory; Developmental theory; Social theory.

7 - Delivery of group work assignment (written work). Biological bases of emotions: Emotional centers of the brainstem; Limbic emotional centers. Groups assignment work presentations.

8 - Biological bases of emotions: Neocortical emotional centers; Chemical mediators of emotions. Groups assignment work presentations.

9 - Studies and psychophysiological evaluation of emotions: Electroencephalogram; Electromyogram; Groups assignment work presentations.

10 - Studies and psychophysiological evaluation of the emotions: Electrical activity of the skin; Electrocardiogram. Groups assignment work presentations.

11 - Emotions and culture: Social construction of emotions. Groups assignment work presentations.

12 - Exercises of application of knowledge. Groups assignment work presentations.

13 - Assessment test 2.Groups assignment work presentations.
14 - Groups assignment work presentations.

15 - Discussion about the strengths and the weaknesses of the course unit. Groups assignment work presentations.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The presentation of the different points of the program, interspersed with practical exercises of each thematic unit, together with the accomplishment of the group assignment, will allow to reach the proposed objectives.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The objectives related to the seizure of theoretical concepts will be pursued essentially through expository methodologies. Students will be encouraged to conduct research independently, under tutorial guidance in order to be able to carry out the proposed practical exercises of each thematic unit and group assignment work.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Bargaining ability  
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Cultural awareness  
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiency  
Information and learning management  
Initiative and entrepreneurship capability  
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversity  
Working in international context  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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