Emotion

EmotionLearning outcomes:

 

In this module, we aim to give an overview of the concepts and theories of emotion. By the end of the module you should be able to:

 

  • describe the main components of an emotional response

     

  • describe the James-Lange theory of emotions

     

  • critically evaluate the evidence for and against James-Lange theory

     

  • describe the Cannon-Bard theory of emotions

     

  • critically evaluate the evidence for and against Cannon-Bard theory

     

  • understand how shortcomings in the above theories led to the development of cognitive appraisal theories

     

  • describe cognitive appraisal theories of emotion and explain the central aspect of cognitive evaluation in these

     

  • name Ekman’s basic emotions and describe the evidence that led to his suggestion that these were universal human emotions

     

  • account for the concept of primary emotions including naming Plutchik’s primary emotions

     

  • describe the arguments for and against the existence of primary emotions

     

  • explain the relationship between emotional arousal and performance describe the effects of anxiety on performance.

 

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If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

 

The development of temperament by Dr Xanthe Barkla

 

Personality by Dr Georgios Mikellides and Ms Yiasemina Ioannidou

 

Stress: physiological and psychological aspects by Dr Luca Polledri

 

British Journal of Psychiatry

 

 

 

Related BJPsych articles

 

Download take-home notes to print and annotateDownload take-home notes to print and annotate

 

Reading listKey reading: selected texts to read with this module

 

The exam syllabus

Exam syllabus 

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