Popular Theory of the 6 Basic Emotions by Paul Ekman

The word emotion is derived from the Latin word ‘mot’ which means ‘to move’. In this article we will go through the 6 Basic Emotions by Paul Ekman. Emotions are an important and inevitable part of human being. Let us get familiar with the definition Read More …

Maslow’s surprisingly interesting Need Hierarchy Theory of Motivation

Abraham Maslow is well known for Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory of Motivation. The theory includes basic 5 levels of needs. Non-fulfillment of these needs motivates a being to take action and fulfill them. Thus, any human works in order to satisfy these needs. Therefore, this Read More …

What is Self Efficacy Theory?

Cambridge Dictionary meaning of .self’ is ‘the set of someone’s characteristics, such as personality and ability, that are not physical and make that person different from other people.’ Meaning of ‘efficacy’ is the ability to achieve something or produce something.  If we just put these two word together we can infer that ‘self efficacy‘ Read More …

Cerebral (brain) lateralization of cognition and emotion

Cerebral (brain) lateralization of cognition and emotion What is Lateralization? The idea that the right and left hemispheres of the brain (cerebral cortex) are structurally and functionally asymmetrically, wherein some specific functions are controlled more by (or entirely by) one hemisphere than the other, is Read More …

PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASURES

PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASURES Electro-dermal Measures Electro-dermal measures measure the electrical activity of the skin surface in relation to various motivational-emotional situations. Skin conductance is obtained by applying weak electric current to the skin (usually the palm of the hand), and measuring the skin’s resistance to the Read More …

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM The endocrine system is a complex system of ductless glands. The CNS controls the endocrine system through the neuro-chemical feedback loops involving the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. The CNS receives and integrates information affecting endocrine functioning. This includes sensory information from Read More …

AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS)

THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS) The autonomic nervous system is important in the physiological regulation of motivational-emotional states. Its major function is that of maintaining homeostasis and adaptation. The central nervous system affects the autonomic nervous system largely through the hypothalamus. Hess observed that stimulation Read More …

THE BROADEN-AND-BUILD THEORY OF POSITIVE EMOTIONS

THE BROADEN-AND-BUILD THEORY OF POSITIVE EMOTIONS Barbara L. Fredrickson Basic Proposition The broaden-and-build theory describes the form and function of a subset of positive emotions, including joy, interest, contentment and love. These positive emotions have two functions – Broadening Building   Basic Proposition These positive Read More …

CANNON-BARD THEORY OF EMOTION

CANNON-BARD THEORY OF EMOTION In 1927, Cannon critically analyzed the James-Lange theory by reviewing relevant experimental and clinical research work, and put forth his theory of emotions. The core of the Theory: When emotional stimuli reach the cortex via the subcortical structures, an emotional experience Read More …