Autonomic Arousal and Emotional Feeling

James D. Laird

in Feelings

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195098891
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893614 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Autonomic Arousal and Emotional Feeling

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This chapter considers the role of arousal in emotional experience. It argues that arousal serves as one of a number of cue sources that generate some emotional experiences. Arousal is sufficient to increase anger, fear, passionate love, and their close relations. Arousal is also necessary in the somewhat weak sense that some cue sources are required. An absence of arousal will reduce the intensity of those same emotional experiences.

Keywords: autonomic responses; emotion; William James; Walter Cannon; arousal; feelings; emotional response

Chapter.  10861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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