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Lecture 6

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Lecture 6 How do emotions pertain to the body1Emotions and body action2Emotions and bodily feelings1Emotions and body actionEmotion brings about reflexive body actionOnce induced by emotion reflex actionsaMediates between organism and environmentbFunctions according to principle of selfpreservationcAutomatic ie see a snake and immediately jumps back this cant be inhibitedHarvey Carr emotion calls for deliberate action Emotional reactions are awakened when organism is unable to respond in an orderly and efficient fashion to a highly stimulating situation Emotion signals failure of instinct or presence of novelty instinct failed so emotion help you plan in conscious ways or when no instinct is available to help in novel situations How is emotion adaptive Energy that can be discharged by the body something that tends to awaken a vigorous appropriate adjustment Alert you about the problem energize you to engage in problem solving John B Watson Pattern theory of emotionAn emotion is a hereditary patternreaction involving changes of bodily mechanism as a whole but particularly of the visceral and glandular systemsEmotions instinctive unconditional responses to environmental stimuli Ex Fear is not learned sadness for the loss of a loved one is not learned or conditioned Rage as well Twopart bodily response organs autonomic nervous system Adds Emotions can be swayed by conditioning Ex Increasedecrease emotion desensitizationEx Women who likes chocolate Unconditioned stimulus chocolate unconditioned response Liking if shock them liking will decrease Clearly Emotion helps aid in selfpreservation heuristics for adaptive behavior dont overthink the situation run when see bear Leads to appraisal of good vs bad appropriate action analyze if on the right course If actions support our goal feel positive emotion If not negative emotion Aid in maintenance of homeostasis maintain physiological stability ensure feeding warm deliberately think what to do But Emotions may also hinder Ex YerkesDodson Law Peak performance at moderate arousalstress
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