What are Emotions, and How do We Measure Them?

What do we mean when we talk about someone’s “emotions”, or their “emotional responses”? Moreover, what can we reliably measure about an individual’s “emotional experience”, and how do those measures help us understand behavior? Dr. Brendan Murray and Dr. Jessica Wilson give an introduction to what we mean when we talk about “emotions”, and how to measure emotions and emotional experience in meaningful ways.

From recording facial expressions and processing them to reveal the degree of expressed facial emotions, to tracking the conductivity of skin sweat as a measure of emotional engagement and arousal, our bodies can tell us a ton of information we may be missing when it comes to understanding human emotion.