The science of emotions: Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier

  • Published on Jan 13, 2014
  • Given an inherent subjective nature, emotions have long been a nearly impenetrable topic for scientific research. Affective neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp explains a modern approach to emotions, and how taking seriously the emotions of other animals might soon improve the lives of millions.
    Jaak Panksepp introduced the concept of Affective Neuroscience in 1990, consisting of an overarching vision of how mammalian brains generate experienced affective states in animals, as effective models for fathoming the primal evolutionary sources of emotional feelings in human beings. This work has implications for further developments in Biological Psychiatry, ranging from an understanding of the underlying brain disorders, to new therapeutic strategies. Panksepp is a Ph.D. Professor and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. His scientific contributions include more than 400 papers devoted to the study of basic emotional and motivational processes of the mammalian brain. He has conducted extensive research on brain and bodily mechanisms of feeding and energy-balance regulation, sleep physiology, and most importantly the study of emotional processes, including associated feelings states, in other animals.
    This talk was given November 9, 2013 in Seattle at TEDxRainier, a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 280

  • Thee S
    Thee S 3 days ago +1

    ❤️💕 my regard to very significant and moving by his best

    HANNOUDA O 20 days ago

    svp un sous-titrage ou traduction merci beaucoup

  • Lee Abrahams
    Lee Abrahams 21 day ago

    Took him a long journey in scientific research to discover what bhuddism has been saying for thousands of years.

  • Hyperactive' 'Sloth
    Hyperactive' 'Sloth 25 days ago +1

    Jordan Peterson brought me here thanks to the in-depth interview conducted by DoctorOz.

    And I'm really glad I decided to take a look.

    • FeFe Gaga
      FeFe Gaga 22 days ago

      Hyperactive' 'Sloth Me too

  • Mackenzie Karkheck
    Mackenzie Karkheck 25 days ago

    Today I learned: Science does not answer why questions. They are the emotional creatures. I can turn off the "angry" feelings using a pill to some extent. One of my previous flatmates said he would not like to do that.

  • Amanda Ouellet
    Amanda Ouellet 26 days ago

    The dog was saying "Oh poor little guy. Are you okay? I am here for you. I will help you feel okay because I can empathize with you and you will not feel scared and alone. Instead, you will feel loved and this will give you the strength you need to get better. I am here for you my little friend."

  • Cheeky Choc
    Cheeky Choc Month ago

    Came to this guy from Jordan Peterson....his book is very dense but loaded with interesting stuff. His daughter was tragically killed by another driver.

  • averat84
    averat84 Month ago

    _"I worked in the back ward of a Psychiatric hospital . . ."_
    *- A man who **-knows-** knew that faith proves nothing.*

  • Christoph Koerber
    Christoph Koerber Month ago

    thank you Mr Panksepp. Rest in Peace. so valuable work

    ADITYA KUMAR 3 months ago

    Thank you

  • weconday murray
    weconday murray 3 months ago

    for a 1st world country America is always behind and the last to get with the betttering of us as a people

  • Jake Cantin
    Jake Cantin 3 months ago

    Best medicine and therapist is God Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Trust me it never fails😁

    • weconday murray
      weconday murray 3 months ago

      i hope thats a joke, because many religious people commit horrible acts and are just as depressed/ and are suicidal.

  • Arben Hajri
    Arben Hajri 3 months ago

    Great Talk

  • marijan532
    marijan532 3 months ago +1

    Reminds me of Oliver Sacks, also a great humanist!

  • Gaia Verita
    Gaia Verita 4 months ago

    Human should think twice before slaughtering and eating animals. Animals feel pain, fear etc. as we feel. Mother Nature (Gaia) provides us feeding, isn't necessary eating innocents beings.

  • Dave Sullivan
    Dave Sullivan 4 months ago

    Does anyone know the outcomes of the research he refers to in the video? Or citations?

  • Shashank Kumar
    Shashank Kumar 4 months ago

    Ok, but what are emotions.

  • Mr Hill
    Mr Hill 4 months ago +1

    Dude was a genius.

  • DPAK
    DPAK 4 months ago

    RIP sir

  • Andrew Nuttall
    Andrew Nuttall 4 months ago

    Over-emphasis on motherhood, complete neglect of fathers. Great work, wildly asymmetrical by not mentioning much his own work. But then again, considering the audience's politics.

  • Buzzer Mornin
    Buzzer Mornin 4 months ago

    great :D

  • Mark Bunds
    Mark Bunds 5 months ago

    One day when I was playing “chase me - chase you” with my dog, I noticed he was making a sound that wasn’t panting, but short bursts of breath that sounded like “laughter”. I discounted it, but he only makes this sound when he appears to be having great fun. Is it possible that this sound is the equivalent to human laughter?

  • Roaring Road
    Roaring Road 5 months ago +2

    "we are bothers and sisters under the skin, we understand this then we understand ourselves" - RIP Mr Panksepp

  • Sujit Thomas
    Sujit Thomas 5 months ago +4

    I really loved this speech...accepts it totally Everyone is different and unique in there own way... For some people its emotions for some its money for some it might be any other luxuries or anything ... Its all about the taste or a personal likes of a person which makes them inti something... So a person can't say without feelings or anything life is incomplete and all... For me its not true if u chase your tastes or do what gives you pleasure then its not at all a worthless life...Its all about the value which we give... In my case iam not a emotional creature and I don't give much importance to it... For Me life comes ones and I want to make the best out of it... Not to get into some naggy unwanted feelings... So its your life do what makes you happy if its love or emotions or luxuries or passion whatever it may,go for it... Enjoy your life to the best by tasting all the earthly pleasures..rock hard...

  • zerothehero123
    zerothehero123 6 months ago

    Patented medicine glosses over lifestyle and epigenetics yet again. Don't look at things like diet, genes, social environment. Just take a pill to make you forget your sorrows. Now that we understand that all emotion is just neurochemistry, has the need for a natural human life been nullified? Iive however and whatever and when you run into problems just take a pill. Sadly this is a delude d way of thinking. Depression goes hand in hand with chronic inflammation so you may be able to dampen depression, but you will suffer many health issues along with it.

  • Tiana switbeing
    Tiana switbeing 6 months ago

    tres interessant ❤ RIP :(

  • Ferii
    Ferii 6 months ago


  • TM
    TM 6 months ago

    What a wise old man! 💚

  • Karen Forero
    Karen Forero 7 months ago

    One of the greatest scientists 🤓

  • zeerBumpi
    zeerBumpi 7 months ago

    Long shot, but does anyone know what paper or I can get more information about the experiment he mentiomed where test animals could turn off anger stimuli?

  • MegaMissfitz
    MegaMissfitz 7 months ago

    I hope ya managed to pull ya sel together before ya fish and chips. Sweet dreams 😘😘😘

  • Da Bridge Effect
    Da Bridge Effect 7 months ago

    Great job!

  • Alejandro playmesalsa
    Alejandro playmesalsa 8 months ago +2

    As in October 16th 2018, there are 146 dislikes for this video, which proves that 146 viewers were not hugged enough by their mothers when they were little. I am sorry for all of you guys.

  • Bharati Jayanti
    Bharati Jayanti 9 months ago

    Lucky to get chance to hear in 2018.

  • İbrahim Yılmaz
    İbrahim Yılmaz 9 months ago

    oh the poor committing suicide Israelites and the monstrous mass murdered Palestinians...

  • rodenrren sdc61909
    rodenrren sdc61909 10 months ago

    WTF??? I thought science said animals couldn't process emotions

  • i i
    i i 10 months ago

    His voice is so soothing.

  • unkiledsoldier -_-
    unkiledsoldier -_- 10 months ago

    What if when u feel like you Love someone it's really hate

  • luke stevenson
    luke stevenson 11 months ago

    The feeling you are talking about is a thought.
    The only feeling I know about is the sensory perception touch.
    Which does not tell you anything, you translate that sensation in the framework of your experiencing structure.
    The animal doesn't have the knowledge to translate the sensation into a feeling.
    An animal's feeling is only interested in the point of contact for purposes of preservation and survival. the sense of touch is not there in nature to tell the animal the way it is feeling, it has no functional value in nature so it is discarded. If the animal touches something hot it pulls away, there is no translation necessary, it is just responding to the stimulus. This is the way it is functioning. As a person you record this Sensation then you translate it as a feeling.
    there may be thinking in an animal but we have made it such a complicated thing.
    the domestic animals seem to be exhibiting traits more prevalent with human behaviour. But it is not translating the world dialectically. it doesn't know it itself exist, because to know anything about your existence you must have some knowledge of it.
    your identity is only what you know about yourself .animals don't have an identity, they have no language to identify their self. It's just functioning like the heart it does not know it is beating, it is not asking am I doing it right, what is the meaning of life. it exists but it doesn't have any knowledge of that fact.

  • E. F.
    E. F. 11 months ago

    Where is humor? Perhaps in the play system . . .

  • M S
    M S 11 months ago

    Science answer HOW questions not WHY. Hope scientist took notice of this...

  • king last
    king last 11 months ago +2

    Rip x

  • Hom Tom
    Hom Tom Year ago

    This man needs to be on the receiving end of aubery de gray work

  • ilya chigrin
    ilya chigrin Year ago

    another fascinating talk from TED's. very illuminating

  • Neal Wailing
    Neal Wailing Year ago

    Go Vegan!

  • Timothy Corbett, Jr.

    Simply wonderful. Thank you.

  • Reprogramming Mind
    Reprogramming Mind Year ago +3

    Thank you for this upload, so great to have captured this moment.

  • Marcy Murrell
    Marcy Murrell Year ago

    I wish it was my job to tickle other animals

  • Flynt RavenSpear
    Flynt RavenSpear Year ago

    Also, wouldn't the technical solution to human depression wouldn't be to mimic the opposite emotion, but rather to further research how the brain restores, repairs, and develop emotional maturity (in the concept of findings ways to have the brain develop and produce the correct amount of hormones), and arguably utilize human interaction as one of the main ways of treatment? Don't get me wrong; antidepressants are a wonderful short term solution. But it seems like just that; a short term solution to a long term problem.

  • Flynt RavenSpear
    Flynt RavenSpear Year ago


  • Othelia Marie
    Othelia Marie Year ago

    This is a beautiful talk.

  • Jason Reed
    Jason Reed Year ago

    I have never reported a video before. This is dangerous misinformation, folks. Misleading and dangerous.

  • Jason Reed
    Jason Reed Year ago

    Jaak's phrasing indicates how incorrect his emotion list is. Rage is an emotion? Or rage is a description for a high level of anger? So that means anger is the emotion, and it exists on a spectrum between annoyance and rage. Unless there is a completely separate method that uses lucky whimsical guesswork, the science of psychology is the answer to understanding emotions and learning how to cope with them. This man is without a doubt mistaken. His solutions will, at best, provide a bandaid for anyone's mental pain that will with virtually zero doubt push your understanding further from the resolutions you are seeking. But hey, some people cut them selves and eat couch cushions to escape their emotional pain. This guy's advice can't be any worse, right?

    • Jason Reed
      Jason Reed Year ago

      Positive identification of specific emotion-states in animals, described with enough specificity as to imply he's some sort of Dr. Dolittle who heard them describe their emotions? Please pinch me, I'm having a nightmare.

    • Jason Reed
      Jason Reed Year ago

      The rewarding feeling associated with attachment is mediated by serotonin and oxytocin. Opioids activate our dopamine reward system, which has nothing to do with attachment. We are not addicted to attachment, we crave it as a natural instinctive drive. It's THE reason we are social creatures.

  • Nick Bravo
    Nick Bravo Year ago

    He reminds me of a mix of George Carlin, and Robert Anton Wilson. Really glad I watched this!

  • LL
    LL Year ago +5

    Who are the 113 idiots that downvoted this?

    • weconday murray
      weconday murray 3 months ago

      they really leave no room for their own independent and objective thoughts...they've always relied on the bible or god to fix and answer everything. what a waste of a brain.

    • weconday murray
      weconday murray 3 months ago

      100% guarantee religious people

  • John Joseph
    John Joseph Year ago

    Very great talk

  • Javier
    Javier Year ago +4

    I've been only recently acquainted with Dr. Panksepp's work. I just ordered Affective Neuroscience and can't wait to read it.
    Extremely interesting work and man.
    Rest in Peace.

  • gaurima yadav
    gaurima yadav Year ago +1

    Absolutely Fantastic !!! All we need to do is - JUST BE KIND.

  • Bella Spirite
    Bella Spirite Year ago

    Knowing that emotions of many types is just a chemical release of the brain just tell me it's an addiction to whatever chemical is being released therefore all in the head. It's all in the head. It's created like fairy tales. It's not real because it's created. Brain works all sorts of wonders.

  • Dennis R. Levesque

    You assume facts not-in-evidence. "There is an impenetrable mystery in the fact that subjective experience exists in a physiochemical world." What came first, the chicken or the egg? What if the real mystery was the fact, that a physiochemical phenomenon exists in a subjective world? You have yet to prove the existence/non-existence of the first entity. Until you get the cause/effect straight, you're clueless. That's the real mystery.

  • Sheryl xavier
    Sheryl xavier Year ago

    Big Hug, love and gratitude for giving due respect to animals and their feelings. The emotions in animals has brought enlightenment to many saints in India in the past. God bless you for your invaluable discovery. One who has this deep understanding of animals emotions is definitely a super being My family members are cats, dogs, birds, snakes and many other little species There is such joy living together, nothing can beat this. Love and blessings to all animal lovers

  • david doggy
    david doggy Year ago

    = joy .

  • Sara K.
    Sara K. Year ago

    Extremely interesting 👍

  • Julie Morrison
    Julie Morrison Year ago

    I LOVE this!! Thank you!!

  • Ambi Cahira
    Ambi Cahira Year ago

    Because feelings are so universal we can not just sense what someone else feels in a recording (no body language) even if it's a different language, but I do exactly that with my animals. I hear a vocalization and then I try to feel what the sound feels like and I have become very skilled in hearing the feeling. :)

  • Marla S
    Marla S Year ago

    not a shocker... shocking is the cruelty of humans.

  • Jarod Rogers
    Jarod Rogers Year ago +2

    Wow where do we buy this wonderful stuff :-)

  • Noobie747
    Noobie747 Year ago

    Hello Dr! How can I learn resistance from noise while public speaking or practicing alone generally?

    • Noobie747
      Noobie747 Year ago

      Eddie Toth Humility stops me from speaking against any background sound including people speaking. What do I do in such a case?
      I'm in such a dilemma where I've got British etiquettes yet I need to learn the Americans way

    • Eddie Toth
      Eddie Toth Year ago

      Anhad Singha It's easy to get distracted when others are talking. The only way to be able to resist noise is practice. Practice meditation that focuses on different sounds. Also try speaking with background noise around and keep 3 points always in your mind so you don't lose track :)

  • Whit
    Whit Year ago

    This was started with the age old philosophical question of “I love and I hate can one tell me why?” Well my initial and absolute beginning to my own answer of the question is that “one” referred to is not another human or higher power. But the actual subjects of the question. Can what I love tell me why I hate? And can what I hate tell me why I love? Overall my thought process is always circling around why am I thinking and feeling this? How is it making those around me feel? How are others feelings affecting me?
    Beside all this I think this man is very deep emotionally for a scientist and as a literary mind I find his points appealing and easily accessible for my mind to comprehend.

  • #1Lazer
    #1Lazer Year ago

    I missed where he said who told him he had no more than a year to live, and for what reason.? Oh, no one can answer my question because I can't receive comments.

  • #1Lazer
    #1Lazer Year ago

    I'm a male, most would say a strong or alpha male, and I get a lot of emotional relief when I make myself cry about once a month. I call it my period. For those who may want to ask me questions or make any comment to me, you should know RU-clip has blocked me from receiving any comments or feedback entirely. Even though most of my comments are questions on non controversial subjects. I wish I could have a conversation with you, but sadly it's not possible.
    He looks a lot like the guy who used to put out psychology videos peter gerlach.? He wrote a very interesting book, I think it was titled "Who's really running your life".

  • Mikael Oinas
    Mikael Oinas Year ago

    Thats cute but ad hoc.

  • Saif Khan
    Saif Khan Year ago

    claps for his lecture......salute you sir..blessings from my side.

  • Tapio Myllärinen

    Time after time i get surprised which kind of diamond we can explore as a modern explorer of our interest. Peace to your soul ... my soul friend.

  • Lowtom Membrane
    Lowtom Membrane Year ago

    Thank you.

  • Lowtom Membrane
    Lowtom Membrane Year ago

    Teach the looking glass BEFORE the child burns an ANT.

  • Lowtom Membrane
    Lowtom Membrane Year ago

    Specific DE-compensation.

  • Lucky DeSilva
    Lucky DeSilva Year ago

    Great work.
    Reminds me of Dr Candace Pert's work.
    Thank you . With respect

  • Daniel Smith
    Daniel Smith Year ago

    I was only listening to the audio.
    His message is powerful, informative, and beyond respectable.
    His voice is unbearable.

  • ytinformes2
    ytinformes2 Year ago

    R.I.P. Jaal Penksepp. Science and research lost a great investigator and innovator. Your rats wont laugh for a while

  • Sophia
    Sophia Year ago +6

    Aw he died in april :(

  • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie

    RIP Jaak. Your work made a difference - and, hopefully, increasingly more of your cynical colleagues will sit up and pay attention. Thank you for your generous sharing - and your kindness to all things great and small -- as well as your many contributions to the study of emotions at the dawn of the study of affective neuroscience. You will be missed.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    "It takes a village to transform a world!

  • joon lee
    joon lee Year ago


  • windydayuser021
    windydayuser021 Year ago

    for the inner of no matter what animal, i don't count experiments. sorry! reality has a lot a lot to study that we didn't already, why need needle point to a narrow matter to learn what is in our inner. stuffs related each other in inner.

  • Ömer Faruk Altıparmak

    Bunu Türkçeye çevirebilir misiniz lütfen

  • Cindy Nice
    Cindy Nice Year ago

    Money money money for Cindy nice420$$$

  • Marsha Creary
    Marsha Creary Year ago

    Aren't primal emotions are experiences through the limbic system?

    • Jason Reed
      Jason Reed Year ago

      Yes. There was almost literally zero true information in that video. I'm starting to calm down now. OMG

  • Family & Play Therapy Center

    A psychology of joy! Thank you Jaak! Dottie

  • Debonaire Death
    Debonaire Death Year ago

    "Science does not answer why questions: it answers how questions." Probably the most important quote for any researcher. I think the social sciences have largely forgotten this axiom.

  • higher frequencies

    emotions elevate

  • Jintaro Kensei
    Jintaro Kensei Year ago

    Wanted to figure out why I lack empathy. This video won't be of use.

  • Dee Ray
    Dee Ray Year ago

    If a person is depressed because of some problems in relationships pill paupery will only solve the symptom not the source of distress.

  • Dee Ray
    Dee Ray Year ago

    Pill paupery wont solve anything. Emotions are the existential compass of our lives. If you just reduce it to circuits and pills you simply wont get it.

  • José Yánez
    José Yánez Year ago

    Amazing and very informative talk. I had never been exposed to any publication from Panksepp but now I will look into his research after watching this. Absolute genius.

  • NathanGraffiti
    NathanGraffiti Year ago

    Very interesting

  • Bella Dorra
    Bella Dorra Year ago

    try to add Arabic translation please ,thanks

  • Murray Davis
    Murray Davis Year ago +2

    Goes with Bowlby's studies. How wonderful, not only insight into our human behaviour, but into our respect of animals.

  • Saraanne Guthrie
    Saraanne Guthrie 2 years ago

    Thinking that this connects to the book due to us all connecting through emotions. Learning that the brain is different and emotions can influence certain ways of acting.

  • Saraanne Guthrie
    Saraanne Guthrie 2 years ago

    Hearing that the animal mind connects through chickens with ginuea pigs show sadness and not knowing exactly what the animals are thinking of. Thinking that they would be able to come up with if have angry thoughts you will have angry reactions and that there is no pill for that. Seeing what the primal emotions and affective feelings are is opening the way I think about how I've been feeling even now.

  • Hemant P
    Hemant P 2 years ago +6

    Man is nothing but underlying chain of chemical reactions

    • susan-jillian smith
      susan-jillian smith 5 months ago +1

      Nothing more than chemical reactions... ? What would stir up those reactions? The reactions don't just happen - they are "reacting" to something. Emotions. Emotions like love stir up those wonderful chemical reactions. We are not robots.

    • susan-jillian smith
      susan-jillian smith 5 months ago

      @not my real pseudonym I agree with you!

    • not my real pseudonym
      not my real pseudonym Year ago +5

      Hemant P - nah that's just reductionism. Why not go subatomic or pull out of the microscope and go telescopic and view us as a collection of relationships between bodies etc. We are a mystery and matter more than matter