Storyline: Eleven-year old Riley's family moves from
the Midwest to California. There's a lot to learn about handling one's emotions - with acknowledging
the wide range of emotions and expressing them appropriately.
Teaching With This Movie:
What are the core emotions that humans experience? Inside Out identifies 5 basic emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Throughout
history, philosophers like Descartes, scientists like Darwin, and psychologists like Paul Ekman
have identified different core emotions. Create a list of historical core emotions and discuss
how socio-cultural factors have influenced our understanding of emotions.
What is the James-Lange theory of emotions?
How does the Autonomic Nervous System influence the experience of emotions? How do expressions
like "my heart sank" or "the thought of that turns my stomach" support causation or correlation
of the biological response theory? How did Walter Cannon's experiments support or disprove
the James-Lange theory?
What does crying prove?
Identify 3 types of tears that humans have. What has chemical analysis of human tears shown?
What impact might an adult experience if they never experience emotional crying?
Memory and Motivation Connection
Read recent studies by Dacher Keltner and Paul Ekman about how the current state of a person's
emotions can influence their memory of the past. How do emotions, such as anger, help a person
identify a problem and motivate action?
Describe our current understanding of universal facial expressions and how they communicate
emotions. How does the use of babies help to sort out the nature versus nurture argument regarding
emotions? What are "micro expressions"? What are the differences and similarities between
consciously suppressed versus unconsciously repressed micro expressions?