Saturday, November 6, 2010

Basic concepts in psychology of emotion


a response of the whole organism that involves an interplay among physiological arousal, expressive behavior and conscious experience

James-Lange theory

the experience of an emotion is a consequence of a physiological response to a stimulus

Cannon-Bard theory

the physiological response and subjective experience of emotion occur simultaneously

Schachter’s two-factor theory

to experience emotion, one must be physically aroused and cognitively label the arousal

public self-consciousness

how one is perceived by others; self in reaction to others

polygraph machine

used in attempt to detect lies; cannot distinguish among anxiety, irritation and guilt

catharsis hypothesis

acting out anger or violent behavior is helpful in relieving it; proved incorrect; causes anger to escalate

subjective well-being

feelings of happiness or sense of satisfaction with life

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