In 2016, Dr. Joe Layng joined us as an invited speaker at our annual conference. Dr. Layng’s lecture was titled “A comparative behavior analysis of emotions in humans and animals.” In this lecture, Dr. Layng discusses research from a variety of different fields that can help us better understand the role of emotions in our animals’ lives and in our own lives.
Running time: 54 minutes.
Watch the trailer for Dr. Joe Layng’s talk
Debates continue as to whether or not animals experience emotions, and further, if they do, are they experiencing anything at all like humans experience? Some argue that human verbal behavior makes human emotions unique; others argue that the underlying physiology of emotional responding is quite similar, at least across most mammals, and therefore suggest the emotions experienced may be the same. This presentation will draw upon work from both behavioral and neuroscience laboratories, ethology, applied animal training, the psychological clinic, and philosophy to make its comparisons and draw its conclusions. It will provide an account that perhaps can accommodate both perspectives and help us understand the role of emotions and emotional behavior in our and our animals’ lives.
Specifically, you will learn about the following topics related to human and animal emotions:
- Do animals have emotions? Do people have emotions?
- What is the difference between emotions and emotional behavior?
- Where do emotions come from?
- How do we learn to talk about our emotions?
- What is the relationship between extinction and emotions?
- What can research on aggression tell us about emotions?
- What is the relationship between consequences and emotions? And how can this information help us to better understand our own behavior and the behavior of our animals?
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