By: Presented by Nathalie Nahai and Kevin Fong, produced by Eva Krysiak and Max Sanderson, sound design and additional music by Chris Wood | Brain waves: the science of emotion – podcast | Neuroscience | The Guardian
What is love – and what does it have to do with meeting a bear in the woods? In the first of a five-part series, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai unpick the causes of emotions. But where’s the best place to start – history, culture, society or our bodies?
Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai talk to historian Richard Firth-Godbehere, neuroscientist Adam Anderson at the University of Cornell and sociologist Doug Massey from Princeton University to explore how different disciplines have approached the science of emotions.
There’s the evolutionary theory, the internal theory looking at the physiological and cognitive side, and also cultural and social factors that have an impact on how we understand feelings. But first they’ll have to pin down a useful definition of what an emotion actually is …