Shortcuts to emotion?
June 19, 2017 5:15 AM   Subscribe

Hi, I'm looking for gifs, pictures, short videos (max 2-3 minutes), or short texts that elicit sudden and/or strong emotion. Primarily looking for things that elicit positive emotion (so extremely cute, funny, happy, joyful, heartwarming, etc). However I would like to eventually build a bank of things that elicit emotion across the spectrum. So also looking for things that elicit surprise, anticipation, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, joy, etc. These will be used in therapy as emotional exposure exercises. Thanks, y'all!
posted by EarnestDeer to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
As a starting point, there are examples of this in the psychology research world, primarily (solely?) with still images: International Affective Picture System, Geneva Affective Picture Database. They're pretty rigorously normed for consistency across groups.
posted by supercres at 5:34 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]

This photo is of a bunch of kids who read a children's book about a cat getting to meet the cat in real life, and if you zoom in on their faces they're all quite cute.

Plus, as a photograph taken by a member of the U.S. military, it's public domain; the rest of that Navy media site may be good place to look for images, especially any military tough guy emotions.
posted by XMLicious at 5:39 AM on June 19

Chills and shivers: Insane crane climb in Southhampton (2m40s)
posted by flabdablet at 11:39 AM on June 19

This is an MIT Media Lab project with rated gifs in each of those categories: gif gif
posted by melodykramer at 12:58 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

Out of all the photographs I've ever taken this one is the most likely to generate feelings of disgust, discomfort, or fear. You have my permission to use it wherever you might find it appropriate.
posted by komara at 8:02 PM on June 19

You might be interested in the posts at

(Description there reads: Have you ever felt a sudden, passing sensation of excitement, a shudder of emotion from an epic moment of a song, or a climax of a movie? That is what is called "frisson", a word rooted from the French word meaning "Goosebumps" or "Shiver". It has been linked to rises in dopamine levels which is, in turn, linked to your outlook towards others.)
posted by gennessee at 9:39 PM on June 19

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