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Human Emotions: A Reader

Jennifer M. Jenkins (Editor), Keith Oatley (Editor), Nancy Stein (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20747-4
424 pages
June 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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Human Emotions: A Reader brings together a collection of articles which give an approach to the fast-growing field of empirical and theoretical research on emotions. The volume includes classic writings from Darwin, James and Freud chosen to show their current significance, together with articles from contemporary research literature. The articles give a broad coverage of the subject and include selections from cross-cultural, biological, social, developmental and clinical areas of study.

Human Emotions: A Reader begins with an overall introduction to both the volume and subject area by the Editors. Each of the six sections of the book, and each article are introduced, contextualizing and relating these articles to comparable research.

The volume is organized to correspond with the structure and coverage of Understanding Emotions written by Keith Oatley and Jennifer M. Jenkins (also published by Blackwell). It can also be used independently allowing instructors to teach courses on emotions with their own emphases, and giving students access to a range of primary source material in this thought provoking field.

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Table of Contents


Part I: History and Culture.

Part II: Evolution and Processes.

Part III: Development of Emotion Understanding and Individual Differences in Emotionality.

Part IV: Functions of Emotions in Society and in the Individual.

Part V: Emotional Disorders in Childhood and Adulthood.

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Author Information

Jennifer M. Jenkins is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto.

Keith Oatley is Professor of Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Nancy L. Stein is Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

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