Ch 11: Emotion in Psychology

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Watch video lessons on emotion in psychology and learn about theories of emotion, the fight or flight response, categories of emotions and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Emotion in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

An emotion is a subjective experience characterized by a person's mental state and accompanied by biological and physiological changes in the body. A person's emotional state may be influenced by his or her hormone and neurotransmitter levels, as well as by his or her mood, personality, temperament or disposition. In this chapter, you'll learn how emotions develop and how they can influence motivation and behavior. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Categorize emotions
  • Explain how emotions and motives develop
  • Explain various theories of emotion
  • Describe the mechanisms behind the fight or flight response
  • Explain how motivation can affect perception
  • Describe the link between emotion and behavior

Video Objective
Introduction to Emotions Learn what defines emotions
How Motives & Emotions Develop Explore ways common emotions and motives develop
Categorizing Emotions Learn how to group similar emotions into categories
Theories of Emotion Explore several theories of emotion
How Emotions Affect Behavior Learn how about the links between emotion and behavior
James-Lange & Cannon-Bard Theories of Emotion Look at the Cannon-Bard and James-Lange theories of emotion
Fight or Flight Response Learn the effects and purposes of the fight or flight response
Effects of Motivation & Emotion on Perception, Cognition & Behavior Learn how perception is affected by motivation

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Emotion in Psychology
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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