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Mood and Temperament

Mood and Temperament

by David Watson
     
 

The last two decades have seen an explosion of scientific research into everyday affective experience. This book offers a comprehensive overview of current knowledge in this area. With attention to basic theoretical and measurement issues, the book examines short-term fluctuations in mood that result from such factors as stress, social activity, exercise, and

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The last two decades have seen an explosion of scientific research into everyday affective experience. This book offers a comprehensive overview of current knowledge in this area. With attention to basic theoretical and measurement issues, the book examines short-term fluctuations in mood that result from such factors as stress, social activity, exercise, and weather, as well as from endogenous cycles or rhythms. Long-term individual differences in temperament and emotionality are then explored, and recent theory and evidence on happiness is presented. The final chapters address how individual differences in temperament are implicated in health and psychopathology.

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From the Publisher
"Provides a comprehensive review and synthesis of the scientific literature on subjective mood, its structure and measurement and its association with such important qualities as temperament, personality, psychopathology, and health. Graduate students and professionals in diverse mental health fields will find this a highly readable and informative overview of an increasingly significant area in the biobehavioral sciences." —Richard J. Davidson, PhD, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director, Wisconsin Center for Affective Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"For most of his career, David Watson has been the world's leading authority on positive and negative moods. His contributions have influenced many of the fundamental questions in social, personality, and clinical psychology. Mood and Temperament integrates Watson's impressive research with exciting new theories and approaches in psychology. This should be one of the most highly cited books in psychology for years to come." —James W. Pennebaker, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

"Watson's numerous studies on mood, daily emotion, and temperament are like pieces of a mosaic. In this book, he steps back from his active research program to present the whole mosaic, such that the 'big picture' clearly emerges. The book summarizes the major advances that have occurred in our understanding of daily mood in the last 20 years. It is the most thorough coverage I have seen of the dispositional nature of mood, and should appeal to personality and social psychologists, clinical psychologists, and anyone else with an interest in the stream of affect we call day-to-day life." —Randy J. Larsen, PhD, Department of Psychology, Washington University

Booknews
Integrating findings from recent literature and his ongoing 20-year research program, Watson (psychology, U. of Iowa) presents a framework for understanding short-term mood fluctuations and their relationship to differences in temperament and emotionality. He discusses the biological and environmental bases for mood fluctuations, relates affectivity to personality, links negative emotionality to various health complaints, and describes the implications of his study for theories of happiness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572305267
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/27/2000
Series:
Emotions And Social Behavior Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

David Watson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and head of the Personality and Social Psychology Training Program at the University of Iowa. He received his doctorate in Personality Research and Assessment from the University of Minnesota in 1982, followed by two years of postdoctoral training in the Psychiatry Department of the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Watson has broad interests in personality, health, and clinical psychology and has published widely in the top journals in these fields. He has also served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and since 1994 has been the Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

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