Report on Psychology Group Meeting - Meeting, Friday, 21 August 2015

Matters arising from previous meetings: Wendy reimbursed money owed from the previous psychology group to members present. The final reimbursement of such monies owed will take place at the September meeting.

Presentation by John Moore: Title: Emotions.
Today we looked at emotions as a psychological phenomenon which affect us all on a daily basis though are sometimes seen by many as fascinating and entertaining in others but uncomfortable baggage in our own lives which distort our thinking and adversely affect our rationality. In our discussion though we looked at the research that psychologists have done, particularly in the experimental field, to define, establish the origins and importance of emotions as well as to look at their cultural and behavioural significance. As always with psychological experiments their morality and ethicality, as might be expected, formed an important part of our discussion. We did, though, operate on the basis that if any question were to be asked of a member were free to say, ‘pass’, without being required to offer any explanation.

We watched a video presentation which showed experiments designed to show the psychological effects of emotions such as fear, love, depression, aggression, empathy and caution as well as their role in facilitating interaction with those most important to us. The experiments used methods ranging from the crude to the technologically sophisticated which included a ‘natural experiment’ which simply reported on the adverse effects for a young man

Members seemed to think that some interesting facts had been revealed and some challenging questions had been raised. Clearly not all members were convinced by, ‘the end justifies the means’ argument sometimes offered by psychologists in the past.

Next meeting: That has been arranged to take place between 2 and 4 pm on Friday the 18th September, at The Owl Hotel, Hambleton.
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