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Neuropsychology of Emotion PSY 323 Dr. Lewandowski 4-7-08
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What is Emotion? An affective response  to an event  occurring to us or around us: Cognitive Apprasial-interperate  state that we are in A universal set of affective behavioral states Joy, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, surprise (All Cultures) Mood is a more enduring emotional state Unlike cognitions, emotions tend to be brief, intense, unstable  and personal Emotions tend to be triggered reactions or states
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Components of Emotion A – affective  Physiologic ANS arousal B – behavior C – cognition Subjective thoughts, appraisals ? – unconscious  behavior we are not  aware of 
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The Neural Location of Emotion Walter Cannon and Philip Bard Bard tried to get rid of rage in cats Removed progressively larger areas of the  brain, moving from the frontal areas in a  caudal fashion The crucial lesion was diencephalic When the hypothalamus (ANS does work to  keep system in equilibrium) was intact,  emotions were coordinated; when the  hypothalamus was destroyed, “pieces of  emotion” were seen
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Brain Circuits for Emotion The Papez Circuit
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