Talk:Cannon–Bard theory

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Dispute over example[edit] wrote " <<<completely wrong. check your facts" within the article after the example. Someone please confirm that this information is incorrect. --Macrowiz 22:42, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Addendum: That user is known for other acts of vandalism on this site. --Macrowiz 22:45, 18 February 2007 (UTC)


This article presents a confusing timeline. The James-Lange article states that this (C-B) theory was postulated in the 1920's, yet the middle section of this article reads as though the J-L theory was a riposte to the C-B? 23:57, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Article describing wrong theory[edit]

This seems to be a misinterpretation that spread a bit, and likely others have made the same mistake(probably one got the information freom the other) The concept that emotion causes physiological reaction is the "common sense" theory that anyone without a psychology background would believe. Cannon bard theory states that emotion and physiological response are simultaneous and unrelated both caused by subcortal brain activity reacting to an observed stimulus.

"An emotion is produced when some stimulus triggers the thalamus to send information simultaneously to the brain (specifically, the cerebral cortex) and the autonomic system (including the skeletal muscles), evoking two simultaneous reactions, the physiological excitement and the awareness of the emotion. None of these two reactions occasions the other. The theory assumes that the bodily process is idependent from the psychological process."-Cannon bard theory

"When a stimulating event happens, we feel emotions and physiological changes (such as muscular tension, sweating, etc.) at the same time. The sequence thus is as follows: Event ==> Simultaneous arousal and emotion In neurobiological terms, the thalamus receives a signal and relays this both to the amygdala, which is connected with emotion. The body then gets signals via the autonomic nervous system to tense muscles, etc. This was a refutation of the James-Lange theory (which proposed that emotions followed arousal) by Cannon and Bard in the late 1920s." Cannon bard theory

"Cannon-Bard Theory The Cannon-Bard theory argues that we experience physiological arousal and emotional at the same time, but gives no attention to the role of thoughts or outward behavior. EXAMPLE: You are walking down a dark alley late at night. You hear footsteps behind you and you begin to tremble, your heart beats faster, and your breathing deepens. At the same time as these physiological changes occur you also experience the emotion of fear." overview of theories

Mrspyro (talk) 02:13, 21 March 2008 (UTC)