The science behind Inside Out

The science behind Inside Out

About briefly the theories of scientific consultants Inside Out on basic emotions, the characters in the new film by Pixar.

with Inside Out Pixar we fully to the big blockbusters, and if Jurassic World we walked back to the franchise started by Steven Spielberg in 1993, in the case of the animated Inside Out directed by Peter Docter we will be led by the hand into the mind of a little girl of 11 years called Riley, which faces at the same time, the relocation to San Francisco for the work of his father and first steps to that place dark named teens .

With that in mind, despite the metareferencia, we go to the Research behind every film project should have. In this case, the manager had to take control of studies on the emotions that are the main part on the argument Inside Out . One of the theories used to define the characters in the animated film is to Paul Ekman , a pioneer in the study of emotions and has consulted for other studies as Disney and Industrial Light & Magic , in addition to the ‘Lie to Me’ series.

Paul Ekman says that during an investigation conducted over 40 years ago sought to show, as then believed due to the current led by Margaret Mead, that emotions are culturally determined and, even more, some people had no emotions. Ekman says that he is a scientist changed their thinking for their discoveries , and these were there universal emotions regardless of the cultural aspect. Such emotions are different from symbolic gestures in that there are clear differences from culture to culture.

So, the theory of Ekman is a fundamental part of Inside Out as, little, from this is that character that are at the head of Riley and the other characters in the film were defined, as we see in the trailer.

The characters and the universal emotions of Ekman are: anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness and surprise … Moment, why no surprise character in Inside Out? Because, Ekman says that “ surprise is the shortest emotion ” because after this we turn to another emotion after the stimulus, ie surprise may turn to joy, sadness, etc.

Now, not only the interesting work of Ekman is behind Inside Out. Another scientist also brought her studies to become a consultant to the team of Peter Docter. It is Daltcher Ketner , a professor at the University of California, which helped in understanding the processes that are left behind children, as well as those where an emotion can “stain” the memories we have. In entrevista NPR , Ketner said that the animators personified properly the processes of memory, what happens when we sleep, the specific changes you can live a girl to move into adolescence. In the following, interesting video, we can see him talk about empathy and coexistence among people .

Finally, almost moral, Paul in their studies that emotional capacity can be developed over time , understood this as a kind of personal growth that allows us to manage our emotions, says it is not easy, since, as we know from their studies, emotions have, outside culture and more linked to the development of what is believed. The emotional capacity of speaking Ekman says we can:

  1. To be or not emotional to a stimulus , ie not unleash the natural emotion
  2. Choose how to act , ie decide how it will react to a stimulus.
  3. Be more sensitive to the emotions of others .

All that remains is to enjoy Inside Out and meet these characters that, in one way or another, lived day by day forever.


The science behind Inside Out
Source: english  
June 19, 2015

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