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Lecture 12

LECTURE 12 EMOTIONS

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 101
Professor
Martha Savage
Semester
Winter

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LECTURE 12 EMOTIONS - emotions are our body's adaptive response--> to enhance our survival - Limbic system deals with emotions What are the components of emotion? Emotions are a mix of: 1) Physiological arousal (heart pounding) 2) Expressive Behaviour (quickened pace) 3) Consciously experienced thoughts (is this a kidnapping?) and feelings (sense of fear and later joy) James-Lange Theory - First comes a distinct physiological response, then (as we observe the response) comes out experienced emotion So Physiological response then experience emotion Cannon-Bard Theory - concludes that our physiological arousal and our emotional experience occursimultaneously Two-factor Theory (Schachter and Singer) - believed that our physiology and cognitions - perceptions, memories, interpretations- together create emotion - emotions have two ingredients: physical arousal and a cognitive label - similar to James-Lange Theory (emotion grows from our awareness of our body's arousal), but also believed that emotions are physiologically similar --> an emotional experience requires a conscious interpretation of the arousal - research showed the different hemispheres of the brain cortex is associated with different emotions - ie: left hemisphere --> positive moods and emotions right hemisphere --> negative moods and emotions
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