I honestly don’t know where I’m going with this, or indeed if I’m going anywhere at all, but I wanted the give it a try.
Yesterday’s post, about Panksepp and the deep instinctive play emotion network in rats (and other mammals and maybe even birds), and taking my kids to see Inside Out a couple of weeks ago (if you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t recommend it – not as strong as Toy Story, Wall-E or Up) made me want to cross reference his list with Paul Ekman’s list of universal expressions. On his commercial site, Ekman currently seems to be claiming credit for Inside Out, which I guess is why Disgust features as a character. (Damn, now I want to put little pictures of each character in the table as well – which is all the evidence that I must stop mucking about with it and tidy our dining room/study for our approaching guests.)
So I’ve spent most of the day re-reading bits of Panksepp, Ekman, Lazarro and Sylvester and seeing if each of the models lines up to tell me anything interesting. Along the way I’ve made some other notes. For example – contentment, relief and satisfaction seem like pretty deepseated emotions that should figure, or have equivalents, in Panksepp’s schema. Where should they go? Are they simply Homeostatic? or are they part of the SEEKING network? Also, a number of things that Lazarro calls “emotions” seem really out of place in this table, are the emotions at all? Or are they behaviours? That said what she calls Schadenfreude, really does seem to fit in the Panksepp’s emotional model – though he doesn’t use that word, he does describe the affect as part of “the dark side of human laughter.” Oh, and I need to see in Panksepp has anything to say about flow.
In conclusion I’m not sure if all this work does tell me anything interesting, but you can see the results below and I’m going to sleep on it (after I’ve tidied the dining room).
A table mapping out different “emotion” models (work very much in progress)
|Neuroscience >>||Psychology >>||Games||Triggers|
|SEEKING||Excitement?||Excitement (S, P)
|CARE||Love, Generosity(P)||Character arc|
|Homeostatic affects||Eg HUNGER THIRST|
|Visceral (S)?||Eg DISGUST|
|Emotional control||Mediate (S)?
Schadenfreude (P)? (Play)
Pride in achievement
|Social bonding (P)
Fiero (H), Naches (P)
|Pleasure from work(S) ?(flow)?