Walter Bradford Cannon (October 19, 1871 – October 1, 1945) was an American physiologist, professor and chairman of the Department of Physiology at Harvard Medical School. He coined the term fight or flight response, and he expanded on Claude Bernard's ...
Walter Bradford Cannon (October 19, 1871 – October 1, 1945) was an American physiologist, professor and chairman of the Department of Physiology at Harvard Medical School. He coined the term fight or flight response, and he expanded on Claude Bernard's concept of homeostasis. He popularized his theories in his book The Wisdom of the Body, first published in 1932. A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Cannon as the 81st most cited scholar of the 20th century in technical psychology journals, introductory psychology textbooks, and survey responses.
Professor of Physiology, Harvard Medical School, 1906-42
President of the American Physiological Society, 1914-16
1909 The influence of emotional states on the functions of the alimentary canal. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 137, 480-7.
1912 An explanation of hunger. American Journal ofPhysiology, 29, 363-6 (with A. L. Washburn).
1914 The emergency function of the adrenal medulla in pain and other major emotions. American Journal of Physiology, 33, 356-72.
1914 The intenelations of emotions as suggested by recent physiological researches. American Journal ofPsychology, 15, 256-82.
1918 The physiological basis of thirst. Proceedings ofthe Royal Society of London, B90, 283-301.
1919 Studies on the conditions of activity in endocrine glands: V. The isolated heart as an indicator of adrenal secretion induced by pain, asphyxia and excitement. American Journal of Physiology, 50, 399-432.
1927 The James-Lange theory of emotions: A critical examination and an alternative. American Journal of Psychology, 39, 106-24.
1929 Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage. Branford.
1932 The Wisdom of the Body. Norton (revised and enlarged 1960).
1935 Stress and strains of homeostasis (Mary Scott Newbold lecture). American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 189, 1-14.
1935 Autonomic Neuro-effector Systems. Macmillan (with A. Rosenbleuth).
1942 'Voodoo' death. American Psychologist, 44, 169-81.