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EmotionMotivation_Ou - PSYC 1101 I Emotion Motivation Outline I Definition and Dimensions of Emotion Emotion positive or negative experience

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PSYC 1101- I 03/11/2010 I. Definition and Dimensions of Emotion Emotion: positive or negative experience associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity. II. Theories of Emotion a. James-Lange theory This theory proposes that we experience emotions as a result of the physiological reactions. We are afraid because we tremble. Event>>Arousal>> Emotion Stimulus autonomic NS Emotional experience in Brain Criticism Can people really identify their emotions based on the varied patterns of autonomic activation? Physiological arousal may occur in the absence of emotion E.g. high temperature>> sweating>> no fear b. Cannon-Bard theory We feel emotions and physiological changes at the same time Event>> arousal >> emotion c. Schachter's Two-factor theory We have the same pattern of physiological reaction to all emotional stimuli, but we interpret the reaction differently depending on the stimulus. Emotion is the cognitive interpretation of a physiological response Event>>arousal>>interpretation>>emotion Support for two-factor theory: Participant: men(18-35) Site: Capilano Canyon High (230 ft) VS Low(10ft) bridge Procedure: female experimenter approached males, did a small survey, gave her telephone number d. More recent findings from Ekman, Levenson and colleagues Observed different physiological patterns of arousal for different emotions Heart rate change: High for anger, fear, sadness Low for happiness, surprise, disgust Finger temperature change: Very high: anger Very low: happiness Lowest: fear, sadness, surprise Blushing only observed related to embarrassment Summary
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PSYC 1101- I 03/11/2010 III. Emotions and the brain a. Role of amygdala What subcortical structure plays a role in the creation of emotions? Amygdala If remove amygdala: Why? Amygdala is responsible for making appraisal: Evaluating the emotion-relevant aspects of a stimulus Amygdala makes fast appraisal. Some info goes directly to amygdale skipping cortex b. The fast and slow pathways of fear IV. Emotion regulation a. Behavioral strategies Avoid specific situations
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Leader during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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