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




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Reading listKey reading: selected texts to read with this module


The exam syllabus

Exam syllabus 

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