James-Lange theory


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James-Lange theory

(ˈdʒeɪmzˈlɑːŋɡə)
n
(Psychology) psychol a theory that emotions are caused by bodily sensations; for example, we are sad because we weep
[named after William James + Carl Lange (1834–1900), Danish psychologist]
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According to the James-Lange theory, we do not tremble because we are scared, but rather we are scared because we tremble.
Similar ideas were developed in parallel by Carl Lange (1885), leading to James-Lange theory of emotions.
The James-Lange theory was challenged in the 1920's by Walter Cannon (1927).