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James-Lange theory

noun \ ˈjāmz-ˈläŋ-ə- \

medical Definition of James-Lange theory

: a theory in psychology: the affective component of emotion follows rather than precedes the attendant physiological changes

Biographical Note for james-lange theory

  • Lange, Carl Georg (1834–1900), Danish physician and psychologist. Lange produced several noteworthy studies in medicine and psychology. In 1885 he published a major psychophysiological work on vasomotor disturbances and conditioned reflexes during periods of emotional stress. In this study he introduced his version of the James-Lange theory. Lange developed the theory independent of James and at almost the same time.

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