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July 2014 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Emotion is a comprehensive text that integrates traditional psychological theories and cutting-edge neuroscience research to explain the nature and role of emotions in human functioning. Written in an engaging style, the book explores emotions at the behavioral, physiological, mental, and neurofunctional (i.e., chemical, metabolic, and structural) levels, and examines each in a broad context, touching on different theoretical perspectives, regulatory processes, development, and culture, among others. Providing greater insight and depth than existing texts, the book offers a holistic view of the field, giving students a broader understanding of the mechanisms underlying emotions and enabling them to appreciate the role emotions play in their lives. In dedicated chapters, the text covers past and current theories of emotion, individual emotions and their bodily representation, the role of emotions for behavior and cognition, as well as interindividual differences.

Part I: Emotion Theories from Antiquity to Modernity
Chapter 1: The Passions of the Soul: Early Emotion Theories
Chapter 2: Brain and Thought Processes as Antecedents to Emotion: Emotion Theories of the 20th century
Chapter 3: What Is an Emotion? Modern Thoughts and Concepts
Part II: Foundations for Emotion Research
Chapter 4: Biological Foundations
Chapter 5: Methodological Foundations I: Eliciting Emotions
Chapter 6: Methodological Foundations II: Exploring Emotions
Part III: Emotions
Chapter 7: Joy and Positive Emotions
Chapter 8: Sadness
Chapter 9: Fear
Part IV: Emotions and Other Mental Processes
Chapter 10: Emotion Effects on Cognition
Chapter 11: Emotion Regulation
Part V: Intra- and Inter-individual Differences in Emotion
Chapter 12: Emotions Across the Lifespan
Chapter 13: Emotions and Sex Differences
Chapter 14: Emotions and Culture

An incredible book, addressing much of the missing research on emotions. Highly recommended!

Mr Alastair Arnott
School For Education Futures, Wolverhampton University
April 30, 2015

This book provides a holistic view of the area of emotion. I recommended this for reading on the Degree as I felt it provided students with a extensive view of the mechanisms underlying emotions and the role emotions play in our daily lives.

Dr Marguerita Magennis
Department of Early Years and Psychology, Portobello Institute
March 5, 2015

this book is really a standard work, perfect source for students and very helpful for instructors

Professor Sonia Lippke
Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Jacobs University Bremen
August 21, 2015

Did not receive book in time for course

Mr Julien Bureau
Psychology, Universite De Montreal
October 2, 2014

Very useful as a depth exploration of emotion, but too expensive to recommend as a key text. I will be recommending to any MSc students who need to look in depth at emotion from the various perspectives in this book.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
September 20, 2014

This is a comprehensive treatment of the vast topic of emotion and is more than sufficient for an undergraduate module on the topic or as a supplement to related topics (e.g. psychobiology). It is also useful for early-stage post-graduates and I have recommended it to them in particular. The number of topics covered is large and I was happy to see discussion of hormonal influences on cognition and emotion.

Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
Research Department of Clinical, Eductional and Health Psychology, University College London
December 11, 2015
Key features


  • Includes cutting-edge coverage of past and current theories of emotion, individual emotions and their representation in the brain, the role of emotions in behavior and cognition, and interindividual differences.
  • Balances complete coverage of the social and behavioral study of emotion with a strong emphasis on neuroscience and psychophysiology.
  • A Closer Look features provide remarkable and interesting facts to excite student engagement with the topic.
  • Chapter-ending Thinking Critically About… ask students to reconsider chapter evidence or assumptions, and to integrate information learned.
  • A glossary of key terms and constructs facilitate text comprehension and help students review the material presented.
  • A media library for every chapter provides references to relevant open-source media on the Internet, including a 3-D animation of a standard brain that students can use to explore the localization and connectivity of tissues.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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