By: Prad Mishra, Ethan Judd, Reid Zaworski, Alex Gifford
Two Factor Theory
Theories of Emotion
ex. You see an oncoming car about to hit you, so your heart begins to pound. Therefore, you feel fear.
Cannon-Bard: arousal and emotion are simultaneous
ex. You see an oncoming car about to hit you, so you simultaneously feel fear and begin to have an increased heart rate. One does not cause the other.
Schachter-Singer: arousal and a cognitive label of arousal determine whether or not an emotion is experienced.
ex. You see an oncoming car about to hit you, so your heart beats, and you identify that you're afraid. Therefore, you are experiencing fear.
Autonomic Nervous System
With the sympathetic system, pupils dilate, salivation decreases, sweating increases, breathing rate speeds up, heart beat accelerates, and stress hormones are secreted.
The parasympathetic slows all of these down. By creating this arousal in the body, the autonomic nervous system lends one of the factors of the two factor theory of emotion.