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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 9.68 (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Feelings 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stephan Chorover
    Dr. Jovan Ristic 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 9.68 Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Feelings

    Spring 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features lecture notes and a bibliography of readings.

    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.


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