Emotions - What are Emotions? Complex processes that...

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What are Emotions? Complex processes that organize and facilitate behavioral responses to important stimuli Features: Obligatory response Involves a readiness to act Occurs quickly, decays rapidly Involve characteristic universal signals Distinct from moods Function?: adaptive, survival value (how might that be?) 2 dimensional perspective Valence
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Arousal and the Yerkes-Dodson Law Why do people “choke” (underperform) under stress? 1. Because a stressful context is a new context. 2. Because when stressed, they forget to pay enough attention to the task. 3. Because when performing is important, they pay too much attention to the task.
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Psychology of Choking In the case of a motor skill that becomes automatic. 3 Groups of novice golfers A- normal training B- training with secondary task (divide attention) C- training in front of video camera -> under low pressure, 3 groups perform the same -> under high pressure, groups A and B choked, but not group C Conclusion: self-consciousness can immunize against performance pressure. Psychology of Choking In the case of a cognitive skill that cannot be automatized . Undergraduates tested on complex math problems.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Gauthier during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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