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Human Motivation Theories

Describe at least two historical theories of emotion and arousal as they relate to human motivation.

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Two theories of emotion to consider are James-Lange theory of emotion and the Cannon-Bard Theory. In other words, people are motivated to act based on the emotion they are experiencing. However, the two theories have a different perspective.
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1. Describe at least two historical theories of emotion and arousal as they relate to human motivation.

These are biological approaches to the study of human motivation and the study of mechanisms that change the arousal level of the organism.

Early research on this topic emphasized the essential equivalence of changes in arousal, changes in emotion, and changes in motivation. It was proposed that emotional expressions and the motivation of behavior are the observable manifestations of changes in arousal level. One of the earliest arousal theories suggested that one's perception of emotion depends upon the bodily responses the individual makes to a specific, arousing situation. This theory became known as the James-Lange theory of emotion after the two researchers, William James and the Danish physician Carl Lange, who independently proposed it in 1884 and 1885 respectively. The theory argued, for example, that experiencing a dangerous event such as an automobile ...

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This solution describes at least two historical theories of emotion and arousal as they relate to human motivation.

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