Emotion and Consciousness

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Presenting state-of-the-art work on the conscious and unconscious processes involved in emotion, this integrative volume brings together leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers. Carefully organized, tightly edited chapters address such compelling questions as how bodily responses contribute to conscious experience, whether "unconscious emotion" exists, how affect is transmitted from one person to another, and how emotional responses are produced in the brain. Bringing a new level of coherence to ...
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Overview

Presenting state-of-the-art work on the conscious and unconscious processes involved in emotion, this integrative volume brings together leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers. Carefully organized, tightly edited chapters address such compelling questions as how bodily responses contribute to conscious experience, whether "unconscious emotion" exists, how affect is transmitted from one person to another, and how emotional responses are produced in the brain. Bringing a new level of coherence to lines of inquiry that often remain disparate, the book identifies key, cross-cutting ideas and themes and sets forth a cogent agenda for future research.
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"Remarkable....A rich tapestry that includes crucial summaries of state-of-the-science research and theorizing and the articulation and interrogation of key assumptions in the field. The editors did a fine job of bringing coherence to a quite heterogeneous collection of theories, concepts, methods, and research findings by insisting that each chapter explicitly consider the same set of questions and by providing a detailed roadmap to the contributions that in itself is a model of what the new science of emotion can achieve."--Choice
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"Remarkable....A rich tapestry that includes crucial summaries of state-of-the-science research and theorizing and the articulation and interrogation of key assumptions in the field. The editors did a fine job of bringing coherence to a quite heterogeneous collection of theories, concepts, methods, and research findings by insisting that each chapter explicitly consider the same set of questions and by providing a detailed roadmap to the contributions that in itself is a model of what the new science of emotion can achieve."—Choice
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The chapters in this wonderful book are informative, intelligent, and occasionally startling. Emotion and consciousness are two of psychology's hottest topics, and this book explores their collision. As you might expect, the bang is a big one."—Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"This book represents a blossoming-out of a number of important trends in thinking about emotions. Major issues related to unconscious and conscious processes in emotion—such as cognition-emotion interactions, affect induction, and embodiment in perception and thought—are examined in the context of closely reasoned and expertly executed research programs. Several chapters present promising developments of new research streams, substantially adding to insight and knowledge. Brimming with information, this is a well-written, challenging text for graduate-level students interested in current research areas and controversies in the field."—Nico H. Frijda, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

"Although agreement remains scarce, emotions—both conscious and unconscious—are attracting unprecedented attention in human psychology. A banquet of theoretical perspectives is well shared in this stimulating volume, whose contributors seek to penetrate the scientific and philosophical mysteries of affective experience. Will be of interest to all those concerned with ongoing controversies in emotion studies."—Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), Bowling Green State University; Affective Neuroscience Research Program, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854584
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Boston College. Her major research focus addresses questions about the experience of emotion from a multidisciplinary perspective. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, has authored more than 60 academic articles and chapters, and coedited The Wisdom in Feeling: Psychological Processes in Emotional Intelligence.
Paula M. Niedenthal, PhD, is Director of Research in the National Centre for Scientific Research and is a member of the Laboratory in Social and Cognitive Psychology at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Author of more than 65 academic articles and chapters and several books, Dr. Niedenthal is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and is currently at work on a textbook on the study of emotion in social psychology.

Piotr Winkielman, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Winkielman's current research focuses on the relations among emotion, cognition, body, and consciousness using psychological and psychophysiological approaches. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Alliance for Autism Research, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Embodiment in the acquisition and use of emotion knowledge 21
Ch. 3 The interaction of emotion and cognition : insights from studies of the human amygdala 51
Ch. 4 Affect and the resolution of cognitive control dilemmas 67
Ch. 5 Caught by the evil eye : nonconscious information processing, emotion, and attention to facial stimuli 97
Ch. 6 Nonconscious emotions : new findings and perspectives on nonconscious facial expression recognition and its voice and whole-body contexts 123
Ch. 7 Visual emotion perception : mechanisms and processes 150
Ch. 8 Conscious and unconscious emotion in nonlinguistic vocal communication 185
Ch. 9 Behavior systems and the contextual control of anxiety, fear, and panic 205
Ch. 10 Emotion experience and the indeterminacy of valence 231
Ch. 11 Feeling is perceiving : core affect and conceptualization in the experience of emotion 255
Ch. 12 Emotion processes considered from the perspective of dual-process models 287
Ch. 13 Unconscious processes in emotion : the bulk of the Iceberg 312
Ch. 14 Emotion, behavior, and conscious experience : once more without feeling 335
Ch. 15 Emotions, embodiment, and awareness 363
Ch. 16 Seven sins in the study of unconscious affect 384
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