Lecture - 17 - May 11th

Lecture - 17 - May 11th - Chapter 12 EMOTION STRESS AND...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 12 EMOTION, STRESS AND HEALTH REMINDER IN HONOR OF THE GOD OF THE SUN, THERE WILL BE NO LECTURE FRIDAY ( MAY 13 TH ) . SEE YOU NEXT MONDAY! EMOTION An emotion involves a response of the whole organism, and has three important components: 1. Physiological Arousal ( e.g., heart pounding, sweating ) 2. Expressive Behaviors ( e.g., widened eyes, quickened pace ) 3. Conscious Experience: thoughts ( e.g., is that a bear? ) and feelings ( e.g., fear ) COMMON SENSE THEORY OF EMOTION Perception ( Oncoming Car ) Emotion ( Fear ) Bodily Response ( Dry Mouth, Pounding Heart, Sweaty Hands ) THREE MAJOR THEORIES OF EMOTION 1. The James- Lange Theory 1842- 1910 William James “Common sense says, we lose our fortune, are sorry and weep; we meet a bear, are frightened and run; we are insulted by a rival, are angry and strike. The hypothesis here to be defended says that this order of sequence is incorrect ... and that the more rational statement is that we feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, afraid because we tremble ... Without the bodily states following on the perception, the latter would be purely cognitive in form, pale, colorless, destitute of emotional warmth. We might then see the bear, and judge it best to run, receive the insult and deem it right to strike, but we should not actually feel afraid or angry.” THREE MAJOR THEORIES OF EMOTION 1. The James- Lange Theory 1834- 1900 Carl Lange “Take away the bodily symptoms from a frightened individual; let his pulse beat calmly, his look be Frm, his color normal, his movements quick and sure, his speech strong and his thoughts clear; and what remains of his fear?” THREE MAJOR THEORIES OF EMOTION Perception ( Oncoming Car ) Emotion ( Fear ) Bodily Response ( Dry Mouth, Pounding Heart, Sweaty Hands ) 1. The James- Lange Theory THREE MAJOR THEORIES OF EMOTION 1. The James- Lange Theory The theory that emotion arises from an awareness of our physiological responses to emotion- arousing stimuli. Physiological activity precedes the emotional experience: We experience the emotion when we become aware of a distinct pattern of physiological arousal! Each emotion is associated with a particular pattern of physiological arousal. THREE MAJOR THEORIES OF EMOTION 2. The Cannon- Bard Theory 1871 - 1945 Walter Cannon There are fve reasons why the James- Lange theory is wrong: 1. Total separation oF the viscera From the central nervous system does not alter emotional behavior ( e.g., sympathectomized cat still expresses aggression in Front oF dog ) 2. The same visceral changes occur in very di f erent emotional states and in non- emotional states ( e.g., cry when happy and sad ) 3. The viscera are relatively insensitive structures ( e.g., blood pressure may change but unaware oF it ) 4. Visceral changes are too slow to be a source oF emotional Feeling ( e.g., we Feel sad beFore we cry ) 5. Artifcial induction oF the visceral changes typical oF strong emotions does not produce them ( e.g., aFter a sprint you don’t Feel angry/happy/ sad even though heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate are elevated ) 1842...
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course PSYC 1 taught by Professor Stuartantsis during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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Lecture - 17 - May 11th - Chapter 12 EMOTION STRESS AND...

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