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Emotion

a response of the whole organism, involving (1) physiological arousal, (2) expressive behaviors, and (3) conscious experience

James-Lange Theory

The theory that our experience of emotion is our awareness of our physiological responses to emotion-arousing stimuli

Cannon-Bard Theory

The theory that an emotion-arousing stimulus simultaneously triggers (1) physiological responses and (2) the subjective experience of emotion

Two-Factor Theory

Schachter's theory that to experience emotion one must (1) be physically aroused and (2) cognitively label the arousal

Polygraph

a machine, commonly used in attempts to detect lies, that measures several of the physiological responses accompanying emotion

Catharsis

emotional release. In psychology, the catharsis hypothesis maintains that "releasing" aggressive energy (through action or fantasy) relieves aggressive urges.

Feel-Good, Do-Good Phenomenon

Peiople's tendency to be helpful when already in a good mood

Subjective Well-Being

Self perceived happiness or satisfaction with life. Used along with measures of objective well-being (for example, physical and economic indicators) to evaluate people's quality of life

Adaption-Level Phenomenon

Our tendency to form judgments relative to a neutral level defined by our prior experience

Relative Deprivation

the perception that one is worse off relative to those with whom one compares oneself

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