Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications

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Bringing together a stellar array of self-regulation researchers, this comprehensive and authoritative handbook address the breadth of current theories, findings, and practical applications in the field. Examined are the conscious and nonconscious processes by which people regulate their thoughts, emotions, attention, impulses or appetites, and task performances; the developmental trajectories of these capacities; and implications for personal relationships, addictions, consumption, and mental health. The ways individuals differ in their basic abilities and styles of self-control are considered, as are strategies for enhancing functioning in this area. Offering cutting-edge coverage of a key dimension of human experience, the Handbook also identifies important questions for future investigation.

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"Baumeister and Vohs have assembled an impressive ‘who's who' of researchers in the field of self-regulation. Presented is state-of-the art, scholarly, and creative work that examines the topic from cognitive, neuroscientific, social learning, developmental, and a variety of other perspectives. The Handbook gives equal attention to basic theory and practical applications, speaking to questions ranging from the nature of the self to the ways we control sexual behavior, eating, and alcohol use. This volume is a basic and necessary resource for anyone who plans to do research on self-regulation or who wishes to understand the current state of knowledge in the field."--David Funder, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

"Self-regulation is an important ingredient of human behavior and social interactions, yet it is also a topic that generates considerable theoretical and methodological disagreements. This volume is particularly valuable in its inclusion of the full range of perspectives on self-regulation, covering both theoretical and applied aspects. Readers will not only gain an appreciation of different issues and ways to think about them, they will also learn what is new and exciting about the study of self-regulation. I highly recommend this book as a resource for researchers and a useful text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level seminars."--Claire B. Kopp, PhD, The Berger Institute for Work, Families and Children, Claremont McKenna College

"The field of self-regulation ranges across topics in psychopathology, social and personality psychology, development, cognition, and now, neuroscience. This handbook captures both the breadth and depth of the field, offering valuable and integrative chapters that illustrate how people regulate their thoughts, emotions, and actions--and, as well, how these processes of self-regulation break down."--Daniel M. Wegner, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"The study of self-regulation has blossomed into one of the most fruitful approaches to understanding affective, cognitive, and behavioral processes. Now, thanks to Baumeister and Vohs, we have an exquisitely comprehensive handbook on the topic. Authors include many of the important current contributors to the field. The volume's accessibility makes it a good candidate for text use, while at the same time, its thoroughness promises to make it a standard reference. A clear standout among the many handbooks currently shouting for shelf space."--Abraham Tesser, PhD, Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia

"The most complete work to date on social-cognitive theories of self-regulation. Chapters present innovative research on such topics as intentions, self-control, and coping, within specific theoretical frameworks that can be compared and contrasted. Moreover, the Handbook is unique in its emphasis on linkages among social-cognitive research and developmental, neurological, and clinical phenomena. The Handbook's thematic focus on social-cognitive theories, coupled with its integrative extensions and applications of the research, make this a resource that is sure to be of lasting value to the field."--Richard Ryan, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572309913
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2004
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, holds the Eppes Professorship in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. He has also taught and conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, Case Western Reserve University, University of Texas, University of Virginia, the Max-Planck Institute in Munich (Germany), and Stanford's Center for Advanced Study. Dr. Baumeister has contributed nearly 300 professional publications (including 15 books), spanning such topics as self and identity, performance under pressure, self-control, self-esteem, finding meaning in life, sexuality, aggression and violence, suicide, interpersonal processes, social rejection, the need to belong, and human nature. His research on self-regulation has been funded for many years by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Kathleen D. Vohs, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She most recently held the Canada Research Chair in Marketing Science and Consumer Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Vohs has conducted research on self-regulation at the University of Utah and Case Western Reserve University under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. She has over 60 professional publications that focus on understanding processes related to self-regulation, self-esteem, interpersonal functioning, and bulimic symptomatology. Her research has been extended to the domains of chronic dieting, sexuality, and personal spending and savings.


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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Self-Regulation: An Introduction, Vohs and Baumeister
I. Basic Regulatory Processes
2. Self-Regulation of Action and Affect, Carver
3. Affect Regulation, Larsen and Prizmic
4. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Self-Regulation,
Banfield, Wyland, Macrae, Münte, and Heatherton
5. Self-Regulatory Strength, Schmeichel and Baumeister
6. Willpower in a Cognitive-Affective Processing System: The Dynamics of Delay of Gratification,
Mischel and Ayduk
7. Self-Regulation and Behavior Change: Disentangling Behavioral Initiation and Behavioral Maintenance, Rothman, Baldwin, and Hertel
II. Cognitive, Physiological, and Neurological Dimensions of Self-Regulation
8. Automatic Self-Regulation, Fitzsimons and Bargh
9. Promotion and Prevention Strategies for Self-Regulation: A Motivated Cognition Perspective,
Higgins and Spiegel
10. Self-Efficacy Beliefs and the Architecture of Personality: On Knowledge, Appraisal, and Self-Regulation, Cervone, Mor, Orom, Shadel, and Scott
11. Planning and Implementation of Goals, Gollwitzer, Fujita, and Oettingen
12. Thinking Makes It So: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to Emotion Regulation,
Ochsner and Gross
III. Development of Self-Regulation13. Effortful Control: Relations with Emotion Regulation, Adjustment, and Socialization in Childhood, Eisenberg, Smith, Sadovsky, and Spinrad
14. Attentional Control and Self-Regulation,
Rueda, Posner, and Rothbart
15. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Self-Regulation: Taking an Evolutionary Perspective on Executive Functioning, Barkley
16. Early Attachment Processes and the Development of Emotional Self-Regulation, Calkins
17. The Development of Self-Regulation in Young Children: Individual Characteristics and Environmental Contexts, McCabe, Cunnington, and Brooks-Gunn
18. Temperament and Self-Regulation, Rothbart, Ellis, and Posner
IV. The Interpersonal Dimension of Self-Regulation
19. The Sociometer, Self-Esteem, and the Regulation of Interpersonal Behavior, Leary
20. Interpersonal Functioning Requires Self-Regulation, Vohs and Ciarocco
V. Individual Differences and Self-Regulation
21. Gender and Self-Regulation, Nolen-Hoeksema and Corte
22. Self-Regulation: Context-Appropriate Balanced Attention, MacCoon, Wallace, and Newman
VI. Everyday Problems with Self-Regulation
23. Self-Regulatory Failure and Addiction, Sayette
24. Alcohol and Self-Regulation, Hull and Slone
25. The Self-Regulation of Eating: Theoretical and Practical Problems, Herman and Polivy
26. To Buy or Not to Buy?: Self-Control and Self-Regulatory Failure in Purchase Behavior, Faber and Vohs
27. Self-Control and Sexual Behavior, Wiederman
28. Self-Control and Crime, Hirschi
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