Theories of Emotion
Malari Danielle Burch
Tami R Gannon
Our emotions are controlled by our limbic system. The limbic system is a group of structures that control our emotions. The structure that make up are limbic system are: amygdala, mammillary body, hippocampus, fornix, cortex of cingulate gyrus, septum, olfactory bulb, and hypothalamus. It is believed that emotions are expressed through the actions of these structures. There are three main theories of emotions. These theories are the Darwin theory, James Lange theory, and the Cannon-Bard theory.
Each of these theories have their own ideas of how our emotions are controlled and expressed and what things cause our emotions. The Darwin theory states that we express our emotions based on our feelings toward a particular situation. This theory believes that if we express our emotions correctly then they will be perceived correctly. For example if a dog expresses aggression then it will be perceived as aggression and will then decline the chances of combat with another dog.
The James Lange theory states that our emotions are based on our reaction to an external event (Pinel 2011). For example instead of a person running from something because they are scared, the person actually becomes scared because they are running from something.
The Cannon-Bard theory was made in dissonance to the James Lange theory. This theory states that our emotions to an external event and our reaction are completely independent from each other. Both of our emotions and physiological reactions are based on external events and not each other.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document