We encounter and react to situations every day, and those
responses are dictated by emotional and stress responses. Researchers have
developed three main theories of emotion, and these could be summarized by
saying we experience a stimulus and the associated emotions at the same time
(Cannon-Bard), changes in the body cause emotions (James-Lange), or cognitive
factors interact with both emotions and changes in the body (Schachter and
Singer). There is research that supports and contradicts all three of these
theories, and they do not have to be mutually exclusive.
For this Discussion, you will consider these theories and apply
them to a recent situation in your own life. You will then describe the brain
basis of an emotion. Finally, you will consider stress resilience and how an
individual might become more resilient to stressors.
Note: For this
Discussion, you are required to complete your
initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your
colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion
Question link, and then select Create Thread to complete your
initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete
or edit your own posts—and cannot post anonymously. Please check
your post carefully before clicking on Submit.
Review this week’s Learning Resources, paying particular attention
to how the three models of emotion differ and how the stress response
Be prepared to use the models of emotion to analyze a personal
emotional response to a stimulus.
By Day 3
Post a response to the following:
Summarize the three models of emotion (James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, and
Schachter and Singer) and clearly differentiate between them.
Give a personal example of an instance where you had an emotional
response to a stimulus. Explain which of the three models best explains
your response and why, justifying your answer with support from the literature.
Select one of the basic emotions identified in the text and describe
the brain regions associated with that emotion.
Emotional responses often involve stress responses as well. Consider
the effects of stress resiliency and give at least one example of how a person
might increase their resilience to a stressful situation.
Support your posting with specific references from literature in the
Walden Library and Learning Resources.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
Discussion: The Emotional Response We encounter and react to situations every da