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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The James-Lange Theory of emotion, proposed in 1884, suggests that emotions occur from our cognitive appraisal of the commotion that occurs in our inner organs during certain vigorous behaviors.
Similar ideas were developed in parallel by Carl Lange (1885), leading to James-Lange theory of emotions.