UH Ethics in Science Lecture Series
The Nature of Pride: The Emotional Origins of Social Rank
Professor Jessica L. Tracy
Why do people respond to their most impressive and apparent successes by engaging in verbal and nonverbal displays of self-celebration, superiority, and even arrogance? Tracy argues that humans have an evolved tendency to respond to success by displaying pride, a distinct and universally recognized emotion expression. As she shows, the pride expression is a powerful status signal, sending a message that is distinct from other emotions, implicitly perceived, and strong enough to counteract contradictory contextual information in shaping status-based decision-making.