Compare And Contrast The Cannon-Bard Theory Of Emotion

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Theories Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Theories It is a well-known fact that different factors affect on human behavior as well as various aspects of people’s life. Among them the emotions detect a powerful force on humans. Strong emotions may cause people to take actions they might not perform as usual, or obviate situations that they generally enjoy. Psychologists, researchers, and philosophers have proposed a set of different theories that explain how and why people experience the emotions. I have chosen two theories of emotion that I am interested in such as: the James-Lange Theory of Emotion and the Cannon-Bard Theory of Emotion. This paper describes those theories by comparing and contrasting them;…show more content…
Cannon-Bard theory affirms that humans feel emotions and experience such physiological reactions as trembling, sweating, and muscle tension at one time. Due to the Cannon-Bard theory of emotion, people react to a stimulus and experience that is associated emotion at that time (Cherry, b, n.d.). The bodily changes and the emotional experience happen independently of each other and that the physiological arousal does not have to come before the emotional experience. The thalamic region of the brain is in charge of the emotional response to the experience stimuli. For example, when a person sees a snake, he/she is afraid and as a result of seeing the snake, begins to…show more content…
According to this theory, human brain gets a special message and it evokes the experience of emotion. At that time, the autonomic nervous system also gets a special message that can cause physiological excitation. There were a lot of examples during my life when I experience the emotions due to the Cannon-Bard theory of emotion. For instance, I begin to tremble every time when I see lizards or other reptiles as I am afraid of them a lot. To conclude, researches propose a number of theories that experience human emotions. The James-Lange theory of emotion and the Cannon-Bard theory of emotion belong to one physiological category of theories. However, chosen theories differ greatly from each other. While the James-Lange theory affirms that different physiological states respond to various experiences of emotion, the Cannon-Bard theory claims that humans react to an inducement and experience that is related to the emotion at that time. Both theories have individuals that criticize them and it is up to the individual to decide which one to

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