Ch 11: Emotion in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Emotion in Psychology chapter of this High School Psychology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the theories and functions of human emotions in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Emotion in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Introduction to emotions Definition of emotions;The case of Phineas Gage; emotional intelligence; the amygdala and emotions such as fear and love
Tuesday Motives and emotions The development of different motives and emotions
Wednesday Categorizing emotions and theories of emotion Fundamental vs. non-fundamental emotions, Paul Ekman and six basic emotions; discussion of theories by psychologists, such as William James, Carl Lange, Walter Cannon, Jerome Singer, Philip Bard and Richard Lazarus
Thursday Emotions and behavior; theories of emotion The relationship between emotions and behavior; comparison of Cannon-Bard and James-Lange theories of emotion
Friday Fight or flight response; effects of emotion and motivation on psychological functioning Definition of fight or flight response; effects of emotion and motivation on decision-making, problem-solving, learning and memory

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Emotion in Psychology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

1. Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

When railroad worker Phineas Gage's brain was injured in 1848, his emotions completely changed. Find out what parts of the brain affect your emotional intelligence and what made Phineas go from happy-go-lucky guy to crabby curmudgeon.

How Motives & Emotions Develop

2. How Motives & Emotions Develop

Emotions and motives (or motivation) are very closely linked to each other, but psychologists don't always agree on how they develop. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the major theories on how emotions and motivation develop in people.

Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

3. Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

Have you ever wondered why you can react to danger before you even really realize it's there? Or why you can recognize an expression of happiness on someone's face, no matter where the person is from? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this lesson about the different types of emotions and how the brain processes them.

Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

4. Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

Have you ever wondered how your emotions are related to your physical reactions? Does your heart beat fast because you're excited, or are you excited because your heart is beating fast? Psychologists have taken a turn at figuring out how our physiological reactions are connected to emotions. Take a look at this lesson for more on the most important theories of emotion.

How Emotions Affect Behavior

5. How Emotions Affect Behavior

The way we act is often influenced by the way we feel. But how, exactly, do emotions and behavior work together? In this lesson, we'll explore how emotions affect behavior, looking at the specific examples of motivation and aggression.

James-Lange & Cannon-Bard Theories of Emotion

6. James-Lange & Cannon-Bard Theories of Emotion

Have you ever wondered whether we have a bodily reaction or an emotional reaction to an event first? We will be looking at some theories from James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, and Schatchter-Singer that ask that same question.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

7. Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

A squirrel caught in headlights or the cock that fights to the death? Do you know what makes us choose between freezing, running or fighting back? And what's happening inside of you all the while? This lesson answers all of your fight-or-flight questions.

Effects of Motivation & Emotion on Perception, Cognition & Behavior

8. Effects of Motivation & Emotion on Perception, Cognition & Behavior

In this lesson, we'll discuss how motivation influences learning and the ways that emotions contribute to our perceptions. You'll hear about two specific ways of approaching goals and consider how your own tendencies fit with these categories.

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