An emotion provoking stimulus activates a brain

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An emotion-provoking stimulus activates a brain center called  the “thalamus”, which simultaneously sends messages to the  cortex, producing the feeling of an emotion, to the viscera,  producing arousal, and to the skeletal muscles, producing  behavior. Fear
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Theories of Emotion                  Schacter-Singer 2-Factor Theory We have the feeling of an emotion when two factors are  present:  we are physiologically aroused, and we interpret that  arousal in terms of a specific emotion based on the situation  we are in.  Fear    “Scary dog”
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Theories of Emotion                  Facial Feedback Hypothesis Facial muscles send messages to the brain  that both identify the emotion we are feeling  and intensify it.                 Lazarus’ Cognitive Theory Based on a “cognitive appraisal”, we decide if the  situation is positive, negative, or neutral.   A positive or negative appraisal triggers both  physiological arousal and the feeling of an  emotion.
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