Pr. Fred Switzer
Lecture Notes – Emotions
Five Main Emotions:
Are emotion and motivation connected at all?
- Yes, they’re connected neurologically, and they provide considerable support for the
evolutionary perspective, but that does not mean that the other two perspectives are false
The sense of smell isn’t routed through the thalamus.
Smells can trigger old memories and emotions.
• James Lang Theory – Experience of emotion is awareness of physiological responses to emotion-
arousing stimuli: perception of stimulus (oncoming car), then arousal (pounding heart), then the
• Cannon Bard Theory – emotion-arousing stimuli simultaneously trigger: perception of stimulus,
then arousal and emotion at the same time
• Schachter’s Two Factor Theory – to experience emotion one must be physically aroused and
cognitively label the arousal: perception of stimulus, then arousal and cognitive label of arousal,
then corresponding emotion
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