PSYC320 - Emotion and Social Cognition

10 cp
PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology; PSYC101 Applications of Psychology; PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics II
Teaching Organisation Nil

The interplay of emotion and cognition in the social context has considerable applied importance as it lies at the heart of many professional applications of psychology, including clinical psychology, health psychology, and organisational psychology. Emotions also play an important role influencing decision-making in an array of ethical, legal and political domains.
This unit will introduce historical and modern theories concerning what emotions are, and why they exist. The unit will examine prominent theories and research concerning how we experience, communicate and regulate emotions. The extent to which emotions help individuals navigate the social world will be explored, considering their impact on social perception, group processes, and decision-making. The unit will draw on evidence from a range of behavioural and neuroscience methods that have significantly advanced our understanding of how emotion and cognition interact in the social context.
This aim of this unit is to introduce key theories in emotion science, and provide an overview of current understandings of how emotion and cognition interact and enable individuals to navigate in an increasingly complex society.