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Motivation, Emotion & Learning

Can you please elaborate ( 4-5 para) on the attached Diary of Emotions, was it difficult to measure your naturally-occurring various emotions? Why? Your answer should include multiple theories of emotion.

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The first thing we need to do is have a definition of emotion - I would suggest that Watson and Clarke (1994) give a good definition, and they have used this in their theory of emotion. There definition is:

[Emotions] we can define as distinct, integrated psychophysiological response
systems ... An emotion contains three differentiable response systems: (1) a prototypic
form of expression (typically facial), (2) a pattern of consistent autonomic
changes, and (3) a distinct subjective feeling state.

What they are saying here is that there are 3 different types of response systems to emotion - which are:

1. behavioural (what you do)
2. physiological (physical reactions)
3. cognitive (what you think)

The idea of a three response system is very important and useful in clincial practice - as the three elements can be individually identified by the person and a formulation can be ...

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Watson and Clarke (1994) give a good definition of emotion:

[Emotions] we can define as distinct, integrated psychophysiological response
systems ... An emotion contains three differentiable response systems: (1) a prototypic
form of expression (typically facial), (2) a pattern of consistent autonomic
changes, and (3) a distinct subjective feeling state.

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