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Unformatted text preview: Emotion 3,1 March 30, 2011 Emotion is characterized by: • Physiological activation • Expressive behaviors • Subjective behavior- if you feel sad you are feeling hopeless When you look at emotions there are many terms you can use- you can also look at overarching emotion Concept of pleasantness- happiness is a pleasant emotion- sadness is not a pleasant emotions- looking at the range of pleasantness you can look at level of arousal- physiological emotions- levels of activation- high heart beat- Dimensions of Emotions Emotions and Physiological Activations- seeing a cat or a tiger will have you react in a different way – important and a lot of it is uncontrollable- pupils contract Arousal v emotion- spillover effect- the emotion for one event can descend into over—arousal from a soccer match can fuel anger, which can descend into rioting- arousal response to one event can ‘spill over’ to another Historical theories of emotion • If you feel sad you can start to cry • James-lange theory- the idea is that you might find yourself crying you will find yourself sad--- physiological the emotional experience • Cannon-bard theory- emotion-triggering stimulus and the body’s arousal takes place simultaneously • Two-factor theory- the p and our cognitions create emotion- you have to recognized the way you react to determine emotion Physiological (p) similarities- • Looked at participants watching horror, anger-provoking, sexually arousing, and boring film and by just looking at their p it was difficult to distinguishing what movie they were watching P Difference- • Difference in body temperature (in your fingers)- if your heart starts pounding then your body temp will go up • The amydgala shows differences and the left hemisphere Expressed Emotion- social communication • Facial expressions are important to expressing emotion • Communication of emotion- suggest how communicative qualities of emotion are universal- not understand a thing another person is saying and still understand the ALL BLACK rugby team is a force to be scared with • Non literate tribe can distinguish the American actors pictures emotion and vise versa- the tribe took pictures of their emotions and had the Americans pick out their emotion • Happy, surprised, scared, sad, upset, disgust- happiness is most readily identified- fear and disgust is not •...
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- Spring '11