Emotions suffuse our lives: a symphony of feeling - usually whispering and murmuring in pianissimo but occasionally screaming and shouting in fortissimo crescendo - filling every waking moment and even invading our dreams. We can always be conscious of how happy, sad, annoyed, or anxious we feel, and also of the feelings we have relative to other persons: pride, envy, guilt, jealousy, trust, respect, or resentment. Developments in brain imaging and in capturing nuances of nonverbal display now enable the objective study of emotion and how biologically-based primary emotions relate to higher-level social, cognitive, and moral emotions. This book presents an integrated developmental-interactionist theory of emotion, viewing subjective feelings as voices of the genes: an affective symphony composed of dissociable albeit interactive neurochemical modules. These primordial voices do not control, but rather cajole our behavior with built-in flexibility, enabling the mindful application of learning, reason, and language.
About the Author
Ross Buck is Professor of Communication Sciences and Psychology at the University of Connecticut.
Table of ContentsPart I. A Biosocial View of Emotion: 1. A developmental-interactionist theory of emotion; Part II. Biological Emotions: A Readout View: 2. Neurochemical systems: evolution and function; 3. Structure of neurochemical systems of emotion; 4. Attachment: the evolution, development, and neurochemistry of sociality; Part III. Higher-Level Emotions: An Ecological-Systems View: 5. Cognitive and linguistic emotions; 6. Social emotions; 7. Moral emotions: the passions of civility.