Emotional experience is produced both by the autonomic nervous system and by the brain.
In particular emotional stimuli simultaneously produce a response in the autonomic nervous system and in the cerebral cortex. The emotional experience is the combination of those two experiences.
The influence of the cerebral cortex in controlling emotion can be shown in the phenomenon of sham rage. When animals have their cortex removed they will go into extreme rages at the slightest provocation (sham rage - the response is often unrelated to the provocation and is short lived).
Schacter and Singer Cognitive Labelling Theory
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According to this theory emotions are produced when autonomic arousal is noticed by the person. He/she tries to come up with an explanation for the arousal and depending on the explanation they come up with may label it an emotion.
Two-factor Theory of Emotion Stanley Schachter & Jerome Singer
Emotion depends on 2 factors:
1- Physiological arousal
2- The cognitive interpretation of that arousal
Unless you can interpret, explain, and label the bodily changes, you will not feel a true emotion.
We overestimate the long-term emotional impact very bad news and underestimate our capacity to adapt.
Wealth is like health: Its utter absence breeds misery, yet having it is no guarantee of happiness. Those who value love more than money report much higher satisfaction with life than their money-hungry peers.