Talk:Evolution of emotion

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Nice article[edit]

Is this a class project? It has that appearance (that's not a criticism, it's very well done). Looie496 (talk) 16:33, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Needs broadening[edit]

This page focuses on the universality of emotion, but doesn't speak of other aspects of the evolution of emotion, such as how and why emotion might have evolved, what purpose it played and whether/how it lent a selective advantage. (Tczuel (talk) 04:32, 4 May 2009 (UTC))

Joseph LeDoux[edit]

I think this para' needs work. I'll have a look at it when I can, but please have a go if you're interested and have time.

Joseph LeDoux focused much of his research on the emotion of fear. He offered the example of becoming fearful of a snake, when the snake is actually a stick. Fear can take two routes in the brain, one direct, the other much less direct. The less direct route being the most recently evolved. With a path moving through the neocortex and finally to the amygdala, it is a process that could only happen after the formation of the "new" brain. The faster response (thalamus to amygdala) may make the difference between surviving and passing on genes.

Anthony (talk) 05:12, 6 December 2009 (UTC)


The article could focus on each emotion as a subcategory explaining theories as to why each emotion was developed and what evolutionary process led to that development. It would also be more well rounded if it didn't just focus on Darwin's ideas and instead incorporated some from other scientists as well. Also talking about how emotion has evolved over the centuries and why it has changed into what it is now, comparing and contrasting the need for certain emotions then compared to now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Barstow.12 (talkcontribs) 05:37, 1 October 2014 (UTC)