After positively beneficial by providing satisfactory results and successfully

After reviewing David G. Myers
modules of emotion, I have become further aware of my emotion, cognition and
behaviors. Over the course of ten days I have significantly altered my mental
and physical state of stress through the power of understanding emotion and cognition.
My experiment Altering the Emotion of
Stress has certainly provided enlightening knowledge regarding the
transformation of negative emotion, self-control, cognition and emotional
development. The experiment has proven to be positively beneficial by providing
satisfactory results and successfully altering the emotion of stress into a
positive and happy state of being.


emotion can vary per person, there are three main theories of emotion. “Emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three
distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a
behavioral or expressive response” (Cherry).
A popular theory, the
James-Lange theory, states that emotion is a result of our physiological
response to a stimulus. For example, imagine just witnessing a car crash; your
heart suddenly and vicariously begins to pound. Lange believes that we fear
because our heart pounds. In contrast, the Cannon-Bard theory suggests that our
automatic reactions to a stimulus and our cognition occur simultaneously;
Suggesting that fear and pounding of the heart occur at the same time. Lastly, the
Two-Factor Theory, which was developed by Schachter and Singer, proposes that
in order to experience emotion, one must cognitively label emotion at the time
of physically arousal.

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is a complex yet natural state of
mind that develops from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
In psychology emotions, specifically negative emotions, are known to have
substantial impacts on the human body and on human health. The feeling of
stress is recorded as a major link to the six leading causes of death (American
Psychological Association). Stress can trigger bad moods (Myers 432),
which untimely can influence cognition. When cognition is negatively altered
the world may become a distorted dwelling. Many studies have concluded that
cognitive functions can be maintained by keeping an active lifestyle. This
evidence had supported my thesis; The emotion of stress can certainly be
altered through an increase of daily vitamin intake, sleep and exercise. The
combination of the three controlled factors will surely create a stress-relief
concoction of positivity and delight.


The experiment of
alteration consisted of two segments. Segment A was strictly a five-day
observational period where I became increasingly more aware of my emotional
state.  In Segment A, I lived life as
normal except I was to record any noticeable emotions, cognition, arousals and


Within the observation of
Segment, A, to my surprise, I found that a majority of the time my cognition
was highly pessimistic. I’ve also discovered that I was often tired and
miserably stressed, mentally and physically. I noticed that the arousal of food
and increased sleep caused and alteration in emotion; happiness and
satisfaction. However, I found that I did not eat very healthy; instead I ate
greasy and fatty foods to satisfy my stress. It was also noticed that I often
found myself frustrated, down/suppressed and irritable. In Segment A I’ve
concluded that my normal state of emotion was mainly negative.


 The second segment, segment B, consisted of
controlled factors which considerably altered the emotion of stress. Segment B
began with vitamin intake, increased sleep and daily exercise.  Every day at precisely 9AM, I would ingest organic
vitamins: B-12, Fish oil, one Daily Cleanse vitamin and one vitamin C tablet. Segment
B also included thirty minutes of cardio as well as thirty minutes of weight
training once a day, for five days. Lastly, I included a sleep alteration in
segment B. For the five days I made sure that I received eight ours of sleep
every night. For the experiment, I did not want to skimp out on any sleep, since
sleep can leave us not only sleepy but drained of energy and feelings of
well-being (Myers 94). I theorized that sleep along with exercise will
impactfully increase positively and assist in relieving stress.   According to Psychology Professor David G. Myers
“moderate exercise adds quantity of life—two additional years, on
average—and also quality of life, with more energy, better mood, and stronger
relationships” (426). Myers then states that the physical effects from not
exercising can be toxic. Many studies have concluded that exercise can decrease
depression, anxiety and stress. A combination of these physical arousals proved
to be successful in alter my cognition and emotion. The experiment untimely
resulted in a more positive and stress-free perception and experience of


Overall, I’ve learned
that cognition can indeed be altered through the practice of exercising the
mind. Not only will physical exercise relieve stress, but practicing positivity
can reduce stress as well. Throughout Segment B I noticed that my perception
started to become more positive.


“emotional ups and downs tend to balance out”, in a self-conducted experiment,
I have gravely been enlightened by the power one possesses over their life,
perception and emotional state. In the experiment Altering the Emotion of Stress I had personally discovered that the
feeling of stress and the negative emotions that pertain to stress can certainly
be relieved. Routinely exercising, maintain a positive sleep cycle and adding
organic vitamin intake to your daily routine will definitely assist on the
alteration of negative emptions such as stress and frustration.


Works Cited

David G., Psychology in Modules 10th Ed., Pgs. 94, 432 & 426,


Psychological Association, Chronic
stress is linked to the six leading causes of death,

Herald), , 2014


Kendra Cherry, Emotional and Types of Emotional Responses,
(Very Well),, 2017