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a response of the whole organism, involving physiological arousal, expressive behaviors, and conscious experience

James-Lange Theory

the theory that our experience of emotion is our awareness of our physiological responses to emotional arousing stimuli

Cannon-Bard Theory

the theory that an emotion arousing stimulus simultaneously triggers physiological responses, and the subjective experience of emotion

Schachter-Singer two-factor theory

the theory that to experience emotion one must be physically aroused and cognitively label the arousal


a machine that measures several of the physiological responses accompanying emotion


emotional release

feel good-do good phenomenon

peoples tendency to be helpful when already in a good mood

subjective well being

self perceived happiness or satisfaction with life

adaptation level phenomenon

our tendency to form judgments (of sounds, of lights, of income) relative to a natural level defined by our prior experience

relative deprivation

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

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