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The facial feedback hypothesis

Emotions - the facial feedback hypothesis. Discuss the facial feedback hypothesis,
particularly the event-appraisal-emotion sequence in 300 words solution summary.

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The facial feedback hypothesis proposes that the action of our facial musculature is a causal agent in the subjective sensation of emotions. For example, a person who fakes a smile during a dull or unpleasant social event will come to find the event an enjoyable experience. Charles Darwin was the first person to suggest that physiological changes caused by an emotion had a direct impact on, rather than being a consequence of, that emotion. Building on that idea, William James proposed that awareness of bodily changes activated by the stimulus is the emotion itself. If no bodily changes are felt, there is only an intellectual thought without emotional warmth. This was not easy to test and aside from studies of people with severely impaired ...

Solution Summary

The facial feedback hypothesis is summarized in this tutorial. References are also provided to further validate the findings.

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