Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival


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Which of the following is the BEST explanation for why Phineas Gage behaved so differently after his accident?

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1. What conclusion might we take away from case studies like that of Phineas Gage?

2. An emotion is defined as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions in this interactive quiz and printable worksheet will help ensure your comprehension of the fundamentals of emotions. Some of the topics you will be quizzed on include the meaning of emotion and facts related to Phineas Gage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • How Phineas Gage was affected by his brain injury
  • The region of Phineas Gage's brain that was impaired
  • The meaning of emotion
  • The emotion that is affected by a damaged amygdala
  • The type of communication that is aided by the emotions

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Phineas Gage and the amygdala
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define emotion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about communication related to the emotions

Additional Learning

To learn more about emotions, review the accompanying lesson on Introduction to Emotions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the case of Phineas Gage
  • Understand the importance of emotions and their relationship to the brain
  • Describe emotional intelligence
  • Discuss how the components of emotions relate to survival
  • Discover how emotions relate to nonverbal communication