Cognition, Decision Making

Let’s play!

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Games – who doesn’t like them? From our early childhood on we engage in playing. Some of the games have an educating purpose, such as a quiz or a strategy game, some are embedded in a physical activity and we call them sports, and some games we play for entertainment purposes in a social environment, for instance, in form of board or card games. One of the simplest and, hence, most popular games that not only children know how to play is Rock‑Paper‑Scissors (RPS). It is a game that only requires two things: A partner to play with and an empty hand. It can easily be played anywhere and any time, and it purely depends on luck – or does it not? And what use is this game for psychology?

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Emotions

I know how you feel…

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…and I know why you feel so! But why do I know???

A single look at other people can tell a lot their emotional state, especially looking into their faces. For instance image the following: Highly curved eyebrows, widely opened eyes, a dropped jaw and a parted moth – what does this tell us? Most likely we would assume the person to be surprised. How about a raised upper lip that causes wrinkles on the sides and the bridge of the nose, raised cheeks, narrowly opened eyes and lowered eyebrows? Most people would agree that this facial expression is created by disgust. What does a slightly parted mouth with its corners drawn backwards that also causes a wrinkle running down from the sides of the nose, raised cheeks, and lower eyelids with wrinkles below them tell you? Probably that the person you are looking at is happy. Apart from these three emotions, Paul Ekman (2003) also identified three more basic emotions, such as anger, fear and sadness that seem to have universally identifiable facial expression. In his book, Ekman (2003) provides a detailed analysis and description of the appearance of each of these emotions, but how easy was it for you to guess the emotions from the brief descriptions above? Would it not have been easier to have some pictures? I guess it would, so have a look at the pictures below and try to tell what the people in those pictures feel:

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Emotions, Learning

About trains, emotions and other things

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“Look! There is the train coming! Every time I see the train it makes me feel so good,” said my Mum with a big smile on her face and I could see the pure happiness in her eyes. This happens every time when we watch trains pass my hometown from a hilltop nearby where I usually go for walks with my Mum in the countryside – but how come that my mother feels so good about seeing something as subtle as a train approaching my hometown?

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Cognition, Decision Making

Are we too optimistic?

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Professional success, financial security, a healthy life and a happy family: Who would not wish for these and hope for a bright future for themselves and their loved ones? Dreaming of overly positive and desirable life events to take place in our future is nothing unusual, but dreams don’t necessarily reflect what we realistically would expect to happen at any time to come, would they?

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Cognition, Decision Making, Emotions, Motivation

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GoingToWork

Have you ever wondered what makes us work the way we do? For instance, right after switching off the alarm and getting up, who hasn’t had the feeling of going on ‘autopilot’ at times, when having a shower, getting dressed and preparing breakfast, but why do we get grumpy if we then don’t get our beloved cup of coffee because we forgot to buy coffee the previous day?

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