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Cannon-Bard theory


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The proposition that the quality of an emotion is determined by the pattern of stimulation sent from the thalamus to the cerebral cortex, and that the bodily expression of emotion is governed by signals from the thalamus to muscles and glands. Also called Cannon's theory or the Bard-Cannon theory. Compare James-Lange theory. [Named after the US physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon (1871–1945) and the US psychologist Philip Bard (1898–1977) who were the first to suggest it in the 1930s]

Subjects: Psychology.


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