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What are the theories of emotion?
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Physiological reactions are too slow to explain emotions

A cause has to occur before its effect, but physiological responses do not always precede emotions.

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Physiologists William Cannon and Philip Bard developed their theory of emotion as a direct critique of the James-Lange theory. Cannon and Bard observed that, contrary to the James-Lange theory's assertion that physiological arousal is the starting point for emotion, emotional sensations are often felt at the same time or even before any associated physiological responses. For example, the feeling of being afraid in a dangerous situation can be followed by physiological symptoms such as shivering and an increased heart rate. The Cannon-Bard theory claims that both emotions and physiological symptoms are the result of neurological signals. When a person receives sensory information about some external stimulus, signals originating in the thalamus are sent to various parts of the brain which control emotional and physiological responses. Thus, physiology and emotions are affected simultaneously, without one sequentially causing the other.

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Rejecting the premises


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