02-19-2017 02:07 PM - edited 04-05-2017 01:46 PM
Across cultures, people can accurately identify 6 basic emotions - Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Surprise. The pictures often shown to subjects are these:
But wouldn't it be fun...
...if we explored human emotions using animated GIFs instead of still photos? Here's the ones I would pick....
And since the internet is all about cats....
Class Tip: have students search for these emotional states on a site like Giphy.
Many people are talking about this reaction meme - nobody can quite agree on exactly what it expresses, but we've all been there...
Ekman, P., and Friesen, W. V. 1971. Constants across cultures in the face and emotion. J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 17(2):124–9.
02-21-2017 11:03 PM
What a great way to use a current tech craze (intrinsic motivator) to engage students in critical thinking. An assignment suggestion could be to leave it more open-ended and have them pick a topic/construct within the course that they would illustrate with a GIF and then have peers view and interpret before hearing the student's explanation. This would be a great way to engage online students in discussion. Just off the cuff, it seems this would work with interpersonal relations, effects of stress, defense mechanisms.... What are some other suggestions that could be illustrated with GIFs? Are there any other assignment ideas?
04-18-2017 12:11 AM - last edited on 04-18-2017 02:24 PM by michael_britt
Once again Michael, you have piqued my interest. I have not heard of the site Giphy. Students would love this. I will have to try it with my students as a discussion starter. As we move toward winding down the semester, allowing students to choose an emotion to express themselves can give them a sense of inner calm. Often times they forget how to manage their emotions when they are overwhelmed with projects and assignments.