An article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology this week, suggests that people may be able to develop a better understanding of their own emotions by learning to use visual perception skills to help them process images.
The paper suggests that “emotional intelligence” is “a way of thinking about and manipulating one’s emotions that has a wide range of applications in a wide variety of contexts.”
In other words, emotions are the “means by which we experience and process information, and that our brains can learn to use to process information.”
The paper’s authors describe how they have found that people can “learn to use emotion detection to interpret and process visual information,” with the ability to use their visual processing skills to understand their own feelings.
The authors, led by researcher Andrew Kostelnik of the University of California, San Diego, say that emotional intelligence is “particularly valuable in the art and design of photography.”
They write that they’ve found that “the ability to recognize the emotion of someone, even in a moment of intense emotion, can lead to an understanding of that person’s emotional state.”
The study was led by a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Science at the University at Buffalo.
In an accompanying editorial, the authors say that “people can benefit from learning to manipulate their emotions in a way that makes sense, in a manner that is not intrusive or coercive.”
They also note that “we do not yet have a way to directly teach people how to manipulate emotion in this way.”
Instead, the researchers suggest that “a tool that helps us recognize that the emotion we are experiencing is important to us could be helpful for teaching people how they can process information they are experiencing in a different way.”
The authors acknowledge that they have not yet been able to test whether their approach works for all types of people, but say that the approach “has been validated with many people of varying ages, ethnic backgrounds, and educational levels.”
They add that the method they’ve used is not a new one, and it’s not the first time that researchers have been able “to successfully use visual processing to manipulate emotions.”
Emotional Intelligence Training For the Art of Photography article In 2015, researchers at MIT, led and supervised by Kostalnik, used “visual emotion detection” to help students recognize their own emotional state.
“We trained students to identify the emotion and then use this information to infer their own emotion, which was then used to predict the state of their partner,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers said that they found that their students “can learn to manipulate the emotion they are feeling as part of their process of learning.”
They said that “it is possible that the visual processing skill can be used to facilitate emotional regulation.”
Kostelmannik told the Journal that “Visual emotion detection is an approach to understanding emotions that is often neglected in social psychology, where there is no way to accurately assess the state, intensity, and duration of a person’s emotions.”
He added that the technique could also be used in other fields.
“It’s a great tool for people who want to learn how to read emotions,” he said.
The new study adds to a growing body of research suggesting that the human brain has “a very complex system that helps our brains process emotional information.”
For example, a 2014 study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that the brain “can use the visual and auditory systems to interpret emotional information that can then be used as a prediction of the next emotion to come from the same neural network.”
The researchers suggest the ability for this to happen is a “major evolutionary advantage” for humans.
They also wrote that “many psychological theories posit that emotions are processed in the human mind via the prefrontal cortex, a complex brain region that is involved in emotions, perception, decision-making, and emotion regulation.”
It’s unclear how much the ability of these techniques will benefit us as we learn to read our emotions, but the researchers said the technique “provides a promising direction for future research.”
The Journal article appears to be the latest in a string of studies in which researchers have shown that emotional-processing training is possible.
The Journal published a study in 2014 showing that people could use “visual perception to manipulate one’s emotional experience” in order to learn to “learn how to process emotion.”
That same year, researchers from the University College London used “emotion-sensing technology” to develop “a method for understanding emotions and to modify the emotion perception process.”
And in 2016, researchers led by the University Hospitals of Bristol showed that a method that “encourages emotional processing” could help “emotions” to be “understood and processed more efficiently.”
In the new study, Kostelski and colleagues at the UB, University of Toronto, and University of Montreal are trying to find a better way to use these skills to learn about emotions.
“One of the most important parts of emotional intelligence,” the paper’s author, Dr. Matthew Gavigan,