Change Psychology: Cannon-Bard Theory of Emotion

recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here.

When a stimulating event happens, we feel emotions and physiological changes (such as muscular tension, sweating, etc.) at the same time. The sequence thus is as follows: Event

==> Simultaneous arousal and emotion

In neurobiological terms, the thalamus receives a signal and relays this both to the amygdala, which is connected with emotion. The body then gets signals via the autonomic nervous system to tense muscles, etc.

This was a refutation of the James-Lange theory (which proposed that emotions followed arousal) by Cannon and Bard in the late 1920s.

I see a bear. I feel afraid. I tense in readiness to run away.

Using it
Watch for emotions as displayed in physiological signals.

Psychology of Change (Picture source: article taken from
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