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Theories of Emotion: Magda Arnold՚s Theory (Cognition Theory)


Magda Arnold՚S Theory (Cognition Theory)

According to this theory cognitive actions control description of feeling and behavior. Person for the first time perceive stimuli coming forth as good, bad and indifferent. If it is good, one will try to adopt it. Perception of new stimuli is not only affected by past experience or memory but also if it is good or bad. This theory studies evaluation of emotional situation and believes that emotional experience and physical activities are controlled by cortex.

Example, when a person enjoying a picnic sees a bull he or she uses past memories to evaluate…

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Theories of Emotion: Cognitive Appraisal Theory


Cognitive Appraisal Theory

In the absence of physiological arousal, an individual decides what to feel after interpreting or explaining what has just happened. Two things are important in this decision

  • Whether the event is interpreted as good or bad
  • What the individual believes is the cause of the event
  • The seque…

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