Kate Dastur, Carlisle Hatton, Harrison Smith, & Liam Foley

Group 7

Two Factor Theory

Components of Emotion

1. Physiological Arousal

2. Expressive Behaviors

3. Conscious Experience

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Two Factor Theory of Emotion

The Schachter-Singer Two-Factor Theory of Emotion [Daniel Man of Reason]
-Proposed by Stanley Schachter and Jerome Singer in 1962

-They presumed that our experience of emotion grows from our awareness of our body's arousal

-Believed that emotions are physioloically similar

-Thought that an emotional experience requires a conscious interpretation of of the arousal

What is the two factor theory of emotion?

-The theory that our our physiology and our cognition (perceptions, memories, and interpretations) together create emotion

-Consists of two indigents: physical arousal and cognitive label

-Focused on the interaction of thinking and feeling rather than the timing of feelings as the James-Lange and Cannon-Bard theories did

Group Created Example: Chart

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Group Created Video: The Experiment

Relation to the Autonomic Nervous System

Autonomic nervous system controls our arousal


-Directs the adrenal glands (on top of the kidneys) to release the stress hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and noreponephrine (noradrenaline)

-Hormonal surge increases heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels


-Neural centers become active in times of crisis, calming the body

-Even after the parasympathetic division releases stress hormones, the ones already in the bloodstream linger a while making arousal diminish gradually

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