The Cannon-Bard Theory of Emotion
Updated: 2/17/2021
The Cannon-Bard Theory of Emotion

Storyboard Text

  • I see a bear
  • Oh no! That bear is very scary, I'm afraid of it!
  • FEAR!!
  • Step 1: An event takes place- John sees a bear at the park
  • Step 2: The event causes stimulation to the emotions- John is scared of the bear.
  • Oh no! A bear!
  • Steps 3: A hazard trigger, such as the sight of a predator, causes an amygdala anxiety reflex that stimulates regions that are active in the planning of motor functions involved in battle or flight- Heart beating, sweating profusely, trembling, and thinking about running away.
  • Play dead
  • Step 4: Brain sends signals to body's muscles
  • Step 5: Brain sends signals to emotions
  • Step 6: Body comprehends what to do- John plays dead to make the bear go away.