Lecture 9e - Module 40, Introduction to Emotion

Lecture 9e - Module 40, Introduction to Emotion - Module...

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Module 40, Introduction to Emotion I. Common sense: first comes conscious awareness and then the body follows A. We recognize the tragedy, and then we cry. B. We recognize the irony, and then we laugh. (Thomas Aquinas: the “risible animal” – “risible spirits with no corporeal extension”) II. William James A. “We feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, afraid because we tremble.” B. Body first, emotions follow. Sequential, causal connection C. Implications for therapy: if you can control your body, you can control your emotions. 1. Willpower 2. Moral courage 3. Triumph over nature 4. Conquering the Wild West 5. Scientific positivism D. Danish physiologist Carl Lange III. Cannon and Bard A. A racing heart could signal fear or anger or even love: there’s no clear connection between autonomic nervous system functions and specific emotions. B. No sequence, no cause: 1. the physical arousal and the subjective experience of emotion are simultaneous, 2. merely correlated, the one not causing the other
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course PSCH 100 taught by Professor Rosanova during the Fall '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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Lecture 9e - Module 40, Introduction to Emotion - Module...

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