Psych M.D. - Two-Factor Theory


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Term: Two-Factor Theory
Definition (Myers): Schachter's theory that to experience emotion one must be physically aroused and cognitively label the arousal.
Definition (alternative): a social psychology theory that views emotion as having two components (factors): physiological arousal and cognition. According to the theory, "cognitions are used to interpret the meaning of physiological reactions to outside events." (en.wikipedia.org)
Contextual explanation: It is one of the theories of emotion. When something is happening (for example, you're about to crash into another car) you get the arousal (you're heart starts to pound faster) and at the same time you think to yourself that you are afraid. After getting the feeling and thinking that you're afraid, you let out your emotions (that you are scared).
Related terms and concepts:
  • emotion
  • James-Lange Theory
  • Cannon-Bard Theory
Psych M.D. - Two-Factor Theory - The Neuron
Two-Factor Theory of motivation and job enrichment

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