The latest (e)motion picture from Disney and Pixar Inside Out is surely something to look forward to this year. More than just an animated film, many have said that this is a great way to introduce neuroscience to kids. Let's meet the characters of Inside Out, shall we?

 

But before we meet them, did you know that Inside Out isn't just any portrayal? There were a number of professional psychologists who were part of the five-year production of the film. One of them was Dacher Keltner who is an expert on the science of emotions from Berkeley. The choice of characters is based on the research of Keltner's mentor at Berkeley, Paul Ekman, who studies how emotions are expressed across different cultures. His colleagues determined that humans possess what they call a standard toolkit of facial expressions for seven emotions.

 

Director Peter Docter turned five of the emotions on Ekman's list into colorful animated characters -- Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust interacting inside the brain of an 11-year old girl named Riley. The other two -- surprise and contempt -- were left out. Docter needed simplicity; five, he says, was "just enough for dissension and entertainment."

 

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Photo from Disney Pixar

 

Say hello to the little voices inside your head. Here are the profile videos of Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust below:

 

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Watch the official trailer here:

Video from Disney Pixar

 

Who's your favorite character from Inside Out? Pour your emotions in the comments section below.