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-Singer'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 (such as perspiration and cardiovascular and breathing changes).
*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 - people'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.
*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 oneself.
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"I am angry! Now I'm sad! Why can't I just not get scared? I'm so angry I want to punch something. My heart is beating so fast. Am I scared or am I angry?" Emotion plagues us every day, creating our perception of our daily lives. But how do we experience emotion? And why do I feel less happy if I got a hundred on the test if I know that everyone else got a hundred percent too?