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Nature of Emotions 9 21 09 The James-Lange View Subtraction Argument The central argument for the claim that feelings are essential to emotions and perceptions of body changes Argument from intentional body changes When we modify our body intentionally, we modify our emotions Thus emotions are perceptions of body changes Facial feedback research Zajonic et al. 1989, the ü story Zygotiatic muscle: cheek muscles. Smiling muscle Corrugator: angry face muscle People who read the story with ü’s in it didn’t like it as much Face associated with negative emotions gave people negative emotions Moral of the story: smile Pathological evidence Some psychiatric patients experience emotions with no identifiable cause (74) Bodily origin? Correlation between emotional insensibility and reduction in bodily feelings Bodily anesthesia as a key test (76) Inconclusive evidence People with spinal cord injuries have less emotions
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