Study: Humans Feel Only Four Basic Emotions

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There are countless of words to describe emotions, and for centuries people have created songs and poems that attempt to describe them. And of course, our own hearts and minds feel them so intensely.

But conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now.

A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted.

Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.