Human Emotion Essay

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Psychology Essay 6: Human Emotion Human Emotion There are three theories explaining human emotion. The first is called the James-Lange theory which is the theory that our experience of emotion is our awareness of our physiological responses to emotion-arousing stimuli. The second is the Cannon-Bard theory which explains the components of emotion than an emotion arousing stimulus triggers physiological responses and the subjective experience of emotion. The Schachter-Singer theory that to experience emotion one must be physically aroused and then recognize and label the arousal. The Cannon-Bard theory most correctly explains emotion. We do not have time to cognitively recognize an arousal and label it, it happens all at once as described by the Cannon-Bard theory. I do not believe that we are aware of our emotions while experiencing them. The main component of emotional arousal is the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is like a crisis control center. It arouses the body in a crisis and calms it down when danger has passed. The division that arouses the body is called sympathetic and the division that calms it is called the parasympathetic. The sympathetic division of the ANS directs your adrenal glands to release stress hormones to the blood stream. This causes your pupils to dilate, skin to perspire, and heart rate to accelerate. When the crisis is over, the parasympathetic division contract the pupils, dry the skin, and slows down the heart. The brain also plays a big role to physiological indication of emotion. Brain scans have shown that emotions activate different areas of the brains cortex, with tendency for negative emotions to be linked to the right hemisphere and positive emotions to the left. It is hard to determine what someone is feeling based on biological signatures. It is much easier to pick up on what someone is feelings
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