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9.68 Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Feelings, Spring 2005

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh.

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh. (Image is taken from WebMuseum Web site:

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Course Description

Affect is to cognition and behavior as feeling is to thinking and acting, or as values are to beliefs and practices. This course considers these relations, both at the psychological level of organization and in terms of their neurobiological and sociocultural counterparts.

In this class, diverse aspects of the current scientific paradigm which is based largely on a distrust of emotions is explored as well as other perspectives within a broader human-ecological context. Relevant issues are approached both experientially and theoretically through discussions in class and in study groups, and through field trips and assigned readings.



Prof. Stephan Chorover
Dr. Jovan Ristic

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session

Study Group:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session



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