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Research Focus Group Talk: Consensus without Collaboration? The Future of Emotion Research from the Perspective of History


In recent years, multiple disciplines have converged on a biocultural understanding of human emotion, sensation and experience, but knowledge production in disciplinary silos remains. This talk is about the discipline of history's positionality in this budding, if unwitting, consensus among social neuroscientists, social psychologists, transcultural psychiatrists, neurophilosophers, and social scientists. Positioning history as a bridge builder, it nevertheless outlines the significant obstacles to genuine transdisciplinary collaboration. Rob Boddice (Ph.D., FRHistS) is Senior Research Fellow at ...

Research Focus Group Talk: The History of Our Minds: Evidence for Co-Evolution of Cultural and Psychological Processes


Biologically modern humans are more than 200,000 years old. Many scientists have devoted their lives to understanding how architecture, social structure, and language have changed over this history. Yet we know almost nothing about the history of human minds. Behavioral science research has instead focused nearly exclusively on contemporary people, and psychological theories often draw from taxonomies that assume a culturally and historically stable structure to emotion, personality, morality, and other psychological processes. In this ...

RFG Conference: Emotions in History: Boundary-Crossing Adventures


“Emotions in History: Boundary-Crossing Adventures” is a truly interdisciplinary collaboration between History and Psychology. The symposium features two keynote speakers, Professor Leda Cosmides (UCSB) representing Psychology, and Professor Anna Shields (Princeton) representing the Humanities. The roundtable discussion will occur between three members of Team Psychology and three members of Team Humanities. Each speaker will deliver a short presentation on a “boundary-crossing adventure” that has happened in their own research. Psychologists will discuss how a specific ...