How Well Can We Predict Our Feelings?

In this wireless philosophy video, Laurie Santos (Yale University, The Happiness Lab podcast) draws on empirical research to challenge the widely-held assumption that we can trust our intuitive guesses about how being in certain hypothetical circumstances would make us feel.
Professor of Psychology at Silliman College at Yale University

Our research explores an age-old question: what makes the human mind unique? We test this question by studying the cognitive capacities of non-human animals. By comparing the cognitive abilities of non-human animals to those of humans, we can determine which domains of knowledge are unique to the human mind. At the Canine and Primate Laboratory (aka CapLab), we study the origins of human cognition by focusing on two different groups of non-human animals.

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