Handbook of Affective Sciences (Series in Affective Science)

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This volume is a comprehensive roadmap to the burgeoning area of affective sciences, which now spans several disciplines. The Handbook brings together, for the first time, the various strands of inquiry and latest research in the scientific study of the relationship between the mechanisms of the brain and the psychology of mind.
In recent years, scientists have made considerable advances in understanding how brain processes shape emotions and are changed by human emotion. Drawing on a wide range of neuroimaging techniques, neuropsychological assessment, and clinical research, scientists are beginning to understand the biological mechanisms for emotions. As a result, researchers are gaining insight into such compelling questions as: How do people experience life emotionally? Why do people respond so differently to the same experiences? What can the face tell us about internal states? How does emotion in significant social relationships influence health? Are there basic emotions common to all humans?
This volume brings together the most eminent scholars in the field to present, in sixty original chapters, the latest research and theories in the field. The book is divided into ten sections: Neuroscience; Autonomic Psychophysiology; Genetics and Development; Expression; Components of Emotion; Personality; Emotion and Social Processes; Adaptation, Culture, and Evolution; Emotion and Psychopathology; and Emotion and Health.
This major new volume will be an invaluable resource for researchers that will define affective sciences for the next decade.

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Richard J. Davidson is at University of Wisconsin. Klaus R. Scherer is at University of Geneva.

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"Overall, the real strength of this book is the comprehensive coverage of a wide range of different approaches to the study of emotion. It is an up-to-date manual that every researcher interested in emotion should display proudly. -Psychological Medicine, Vol. 34, 2004


This handbook will bring about the long-needed integration of the fragmented scholarship in the study of emotion, which advances in neuroscience have recently made possible. The combination of breadth, depth, and clarity will make this volume indispensable to students and to scholars for years to come." --Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University


"The Handbook of Affective Sciences is the most comphrensive, authoritative, and up-to-date review available of issues pertaining to emotion. It will be an indispensable reference for anyone interested in understanding the nature of emotions and their relations to other psychological constructs."--Robert J. Sternberg, President, American Psychological Association


"This volume defines a new field. Although 'affective science' draws on studies of emotion, it includes much more than what has traditionally been addressed under that rubric. This emerging discipline promises not only to forge crucial links between psychology and neuroscience, but also to build strong bridges between research in the laboratory and practice in the clinic. This book should be on the shelf of anyone seriously interested in psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, or neurology."--Stephen M. Kosslyn, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology, Harvard University


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