Different emotions drawn on notes, dark background.

What Makes Us Human—Identifying a Universal Set of Emotions

September 28, 2018

When it comes to asking how we measure emotions, the first question we should probably address is whether or not there’s a basic, universal set of emotions across cultures. If so, which ones are they? Paul Eckman, addressed exactly this question of whether or not there are universal emotions, and if so, which ones. He decided to focus on facial expressions, given that across all cultures all individuals have the same facial musculature. […]