An Introduction to William James’s The Principles Of Psychology

Is psychology a natural science? A brief video explains William James's theory of psychology as it connects to physiology, known as the James-Lange Theory of Emotion, and his belief that the mind and body work together to create one's consciousness and perception.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a human anatomy and physiology class when discussing the connection between the brain and the rest of the body
  • Have learners write a narrative essay about a physical and emotional reaction to a situation, using a strong amount of sensory language
Classroom Considerations

  • Refer to the publisher's website for a full analysis of the text
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • Uses the example of a women facing a bear to describe the mental and physical reaction to an alarming situation
  • Animations and steady pace make the video easy to understand
Cons

  • None