The cannon-bard thalamic theory of emotions: A brief genealogy and reappraisal

Otniel E. Dror*

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Abstract

In this contribution, I examine several key publications on the physiology of emotions from the 1860s to the 1930s. I focus on physiologists who studied the emotions prior to and following William James's 1884 Mind article, by critically reflecting on the conceptual and practical origins and constituents of the Cannon-Bard thalamic theory of emotions. I offer a historical corrective to several major assumptions in our histories of the scientific study of emotions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalEmotion Review
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • history of emotions
  • laboratory study of emotions
  • science of emotions

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