Understanding Emotions, 2nd Edition
March 2006, ©2006, Wiley-Blackwell
- Cohesive synthesis of evolutionary and cultural approaches to
- New chapters on communication of emotion, bodily changes, and
- Increased emphasis on interpersonal implications of emotions,
including studies of newly discovered expressions and systems of
- New coverage on moral judgment, individual differences,
gene-environment interactions, and positive emotions
- New coverage of subjective well-being and pro-social emotions
like gratitude and compassion
- Updated references throughout reflect current research and
data, including research on affective neuroscience
- A new design and pedagogical features include new integrated boxes that depict historical landmarks and historical figures, updated tables, boldfaced terms, and end-of-chapter summaries.
An Instructor’s Manual with lecture notes and teaching tips is available upon request. Please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/oatley.
Part I: Perspectives on Emotion:.
1. Approaches to Understanding Emotions.
2. Evolution of Emotions.
3. Cultural Understandings of Emotions.
Part II: Elements of emotion:.
4. The Communication of Emotion.
5. Bodily Changes and Emotion.
6. Brain Mechanisms of Emotion.
7. Appraisal, Knowledge, and Experience.
Part III: Emotions and Social Life:.
8. Development of Emotions in Childhood.
9. Emotions in Social Relationships.
10. Emotion and Cognition.
Part IV: Emotions and the Individual:.
11. Individual Differences and Personality.
12. Emotion and Mental Health in Childhood.
13. Emotions and Mental Health in Adulthood.
14. Psychotherapy, Consciousness, and Well-being.
Dacher Keltner is professor of psychology at University
of California at Berkeley, and the author of more than 80 scholarly
articles and one book. He received the 2000 Templeton Positive
Psychology Prize for Excellence in Research, and two
university-wide teaching awards at UC Berkeley.
Jennifer M. Jenkins is Professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is co-editor, with Keith Oatley, of Human Emotions: A Reader (Blackwell, 1998). She now heads a large research project on gene-environment interactions in children.
- offers a coherent and logical sequence in a revised and updated new edition
- emphasizes the value of emotions and explores the latest
research with practical concern for clinical problems, education
and everyday understanding
- extends across a broad range of disciplines and covers the
entire lifespan from infancy to adulthood
- includes sections on the study of emotion, the different
elements of emotion, evidence of how emotions govern and organize
social life, and emotion and individual functioning, including
psychological disorder and well being
- changes include: an earlier discussion of what is an emotion, combined chapters on evolutionary and cultural approaches, studies of new expressions (love, desire), as well as new systems of communication (touch, music), new findings on emotion and the central nervous system, and recent studies on the role of emotion in moral judgment
“Understanding Emotions provides an admirable theoretical integration of empirical research and, at the same time, makes emotion research relevant to our everyday lives. It is the perfect book for both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on emotion.” Batja Mesquita, Wake Forest University