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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The study of emotions and emotion regulation is a flourishing field in many disciplines. This book describes the recent advances in this field and attempts to provide a connective framework between disciplines on this important topic.
Purpose: There are four main objectives, which include an integration of developmental and adult emotion regulation, bridging basic and clinical science, encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue on the topic, and providing an up-to-date, authoritative text for educators and researchers.
Audience: The intended target audience includes social scientists, educators, clinicians, and other health professionals. The book is written at an appropriate level for this audience. The editor is accomplished in the field and has gathered some of the leading researchers in the field, including Robert Sapolsky, Mary Rothbart, and Marsha Linehan, to name a few.
Features: The book's six main sections cover biological bases, cognitive foundations, developmental approaches, personality processes and individual differences, social approaches, and clinical applications. It is filled with well organized, useful information. The chapters have major subheadings with sections that are informative, but concise. Short summaries and critiques appear throughout the chapters, and more detailed summaries at the end of each chapter. Throughout the book, figures and illustrations enhance the text, including functional neuroimaging. A wide variety of perspectives is represented, from neuronal animal studies to neuropsychology to developmental psychology. The unique aspect of this book is that these different perspectives are not relegated to their respective sections, but have shared relevance throughout the book. The research is solid and the references are current, even including articles that are still in press.
Assessment: This book achieves its goal of providing an up-to-date and authoritative text on emotion regulation. It is written at an appropriate level for both researchers and students interested in this field, regardless of their discipline. Readers will find diverse perspectives that are carefully integrated throughout the text and make for an edifying experience. It would make a nice companion to the Handbook of Socialization, Grusec and Hastings (Guilford, 2007), for those interested in that aspect of emotion regulation.