What are emotions? Are they ingrained in the brain’s architecture, or are they socially constructed? We dive into the wonders of the human brain with Conrado Eiroa Solans, a Masters candidate in Psychological Research who studies the nature of human emotions. In his paper for St Anne's Academic Review, Conrado presents the two schools of thought – the classical biological perspective and the social-constructionist view – and he draws evidence from a lesion case study and brain scans to explain the nature of what human beings feel.
Born and raised in urban Madrid, Conrado has lived in rural Northern California and snowy suburban Minnesota. He has a BA in Psychology from The College of St Scholastica in Duluth, and he has worked as a Research Assistant at the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Michigan. Beyond academia, Conrado enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, trekking the backcountry and hidden lands.