Current Issues and Future Directions

Brief summary

From the original (2001) publication:

Bringing together an array of stellar contributors -- who represent the first generation of psychologists trained primarily as affective scientists--this volume presents cutting-edge work that is altering the landscape of the field. From basic emotion theory to applied and clinical topics, chapters provide inclusive coverage of the broad subfields of emotion research. Described are innovative models, methods, and measurements that illuminate and at times challenge traditional paradigms. Readers gain the knowledge needed to understand the evolution of affective science over the past century, to critically examine new theoretical proposals and empirical data, and to work toward treating and preventing problems of individual and social concern.

Structured in a coherent format to facilitate use in teaching, each chapter defines basic terms, reviews the historical development and evolution of the issue at hand, and discusses current research and directions for future investigation. The book first addresses the structure and function of emotion, Subsequent chapters deal with such areas as affective neuroscience, cognition, and positive emotions, including a chapter on the evolution of positive affect. Next, the spotlight moves from individual factors to social and cultural influences, reflecting a timely focus on emotions in real life and concrete situational settings. Concluding chapters present compelling findings on emotion self-regulation and intelligence, and the role of emotions in coping, health, and psychopathology.

Broad, integrative, and multidisciplinary in scope, this book is essential reading for researchers and students of emotion.