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If you've ever felt you stomach lucht from anxiety or your heart paplate with fear, the you realize that emotions also cause strong pyschological reactions.
We feel emotions and experience physiological reactions simultaneously.
Many of the physiological responses you experience during an emotion, such as sweaty palms or a racing heartbeat, are regulated by the sympathetic nervous system, a branch of the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary body responses, such as blood flow and digestion.
While early studies of the physiology of emotion tended to focus on these autonomic responses, more recent research has targeted the brain's role in emotions.
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An emotion is a complex pyschological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioral or expressive response.
In addition to trying to define what emotions are, researchers have also tried to identi...
In everyday language, people often use the terms "emotions" and "moods", but psychologists actually make distinctions between the two.
How do they differ?
An emotion is normally quite short-lived, but intense. Emotions are also likel...
Brain scans have shown that the amygdala, part of the limbic system, plays an important role in emotion and fear in particular.
The amygdala itself is a tine, almond-shaped structure that has been linked to motivational states such as hunger and thirst as well was memory and emotion...
In order to better understand what emotions are. let's focus on their three key elements known as:
While experts believe that there are a number of basic universal emotions that are experienced by people all over the world regardless of background or culture, researchers also believe that experiencing emotion can be highly subjective
Consider anger, for example. Is all anger the same...
The final component is perhaps one that you are most familiar with—the actual expression of emotion. We spend a significant amount of time interpreting the emotional expressions of the people around us. our ability to accurately understand these expressions is tied to what psychologists call emot...
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The PNS's primary role is to connect the CNS to the organs, limbs, and skin. The peripheral nervous system is divided into two parts:
When someone confronts an oncoming danger, the eyes or ears (or both) send the information to the amygdala, an area of the brain that contributes to emotional processing. When it perceives danger, it instantly sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus.
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