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PSYC 100 Chapter Notes -Prefrontal Cortex, Peripheral Nervous System, Tachycardia

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PSYC 100
Ingrid Johnsrude

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Emotion 6/5/2012 7:03:00 AM
Defined as a relatively brief display of a feeling made in response to
environmental events having motivation significance or in response
to memories of such events
o Changed in emotional states are associated with motivated
Reward system, is associated with limbic pathway
Activated by reaching goals
Emotional expressions may modulate motivated
Antonio Damasi
o Separates feelings from emotions.
He argues that emotions are internal reactions that
occur automatically and unconsciously in response to
certain stimuli
There is no single brain system dedicated to emotions
Automatic Nervous System is activated when in an emotional
o Increased heart rate, blood pressure
James Lange Theory of Emotion
Emotional response occurs after automatic nervous system
o Brain reads patterns in automatic nervous system to interpret
current emotional state
o Peripheral Nervous System determines emotional state of
an individual
o Increasing automatic nervous system activity by drugs not
does always increase emotional change
o Some emotional reactions occur before the automatic nervous
system, Sadness
o If the nerves to the brain are cut, one can still experience
emotions despite spinal cord damage
Cannon Bard Theory of Emotion
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