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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....
We all use text-based emoticons on our smartphones. Here's an activity you can use in which your students try to guess which emotion is represented with these 10 emotions.
Ekman, P., and Friesen, W. V. 1971. Constants across cultures in the face and emotion. J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 17(2):124–9.
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?
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.
Here's my suggestions for "If Cats Displayed the 6 Basic Emotions:
This is definitely how my "older" students feel the first day of computer class - overwhelmed, frustrated or totally confident? "I got this!"
Sandy: love this gif. Isn't there one like this where the cat eventually throws the computer off the desk? 🙂 I can identify with that!
Fun gif @DawnRohm! If you create something fun please let us know!
Interesting.. will definitely keep this in mind to create a new assignment that is fun for students.