Radio
10:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Are You Happily Confused?

Happily Confused
Big Picture Science: Happily Confused, Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Do you feel happy today? How about happily disgusted? Maybe sadly surprised, or sadly disgusted? Human emotions are complex. But at least they’re the common language that unites us all – except when they don’t. A tribe in Namibia might interpret our expression of fear as one of wonderment. And people with autism don’t feel the emotions that others do.

So if you’re now delightfully but curiously perplexed, tune in Thursday night at 9 p.m and discover the evolutionary reason for laughter … how a computer can diagnose emotional disorders that doctors miss … and why the world’s most famous autistic animal behaviorist has insight into the emotional needs of cattle.