GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Lifespan Development-Emotion Study Material (Page 5 of 8)

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Main Areas Involved with Emotions

  • Amygdala: It is a little almond shaped structure, deep inside the antero-inferior region of the temporal lobe. It connects with the hippocampus, the septal nuclei, the prefrontal area, and the medial dorsal nucleus of the thalamus. These connections enable amygdala to play its important role on the mediation and control of major affective activities like friendship, love, and affection and on the expression of moods mainly, on fear, rage, and aggression. Being the center for identification of danger, it is fundamental for self-preservation. When triggered, it gives rise to fear and anxiety, which leads the animal to a …

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Theories of Emotion: James Lange Theory


James Lange Theory

William James and Carl Lange proposed one of the earliest theories on the working of emotions. The James-Lange Theory states that a stimulus immediately affects the autonomic nervous system and then the message is sent to the brain.

Thus when threatening stimulus is perceived (such as a snake) it creates a specific response with increase in blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. This theory assumes a different pattern of physiological response for each emotion as the …

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