Do we have some sort of physiological response first or afterwards, or at the same time with the mental one. The james-lange theory: you see a bear, and you begin running away, you interpret what"s going on and you conclude that you"re running away because you"re scared of the bear. The cannon-bard theory: our emotions drive our behaviour rather than the other way around. The thalamus is strongly implicated in our feelings of emotions. (pupil dilation, sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, etc. ). No sensory feedback about the body is received. Not stronger or weaker responses to emotional prospects. However, it is different from actually being in a situation: one of the consistent things you see is that they report having weaker emotional responses in situations that should elicit much stronger responses. Individuals with spinal cord damage are reported having dulled emotional responses to situations. The act of smiling makes us feel happier.