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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Following the near-universal abandonment in the twentieth century of the James-Lange theory of the emotions, which posits that emotion is a response to (rather than a cause of) physiological changes, scholars have suggested a range of possible relationships between reason and emotion.