How your body feels affects your decisions and actions?

In this video, we explore the concept of affective realism, which refers to the phenomenon whereby our bodily sensations and emotions can influence our perceptions of reality, decision-making, and behavior.

We’ll discuss the latest research on affective realism, including studies that demonstrate how our bodily experiences can shape our judgments of other people, our risk-taking behaviors, and even our political beliefs.

Whether you’re a psychologist, neuroscientist, or just curious about the inner workings of the human mind, this video is sure to offer valuable insights into how our bodies and minds are interconnected. So sit back, relax, and join us on this fascinating journey into the world of affective realism!

Want to learn more about your emotions and what they’re trying to tell you? This video is for you too:

Researcher & Writer: Caitlin McColl
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
Voice Over: Amanda Silvera (
Animator: Lesly
YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong


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