GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Psychology Emotion-Theories of Emotions Study Material (Page 4 of 4)

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Theories of Emotion: Arousal Theory and Sternberg Theory of Love


Many researchers propose that behavior changes as a function of arousal. The curve (called an inverted U function) shown below illustrates that performance increases as arousal increases up to a point but then decreases if arousal is increased beyond that point. This arousal-performance phenomenon is known as the Yerkes-Dodson Law. It is well known that while a certain amount of anxiety can enhance performance (for example, by promoting thorough preparation), too much can impair it (as could, for example, severe stage fright). Research evidence has not totally supported

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