The Psychobiology of Emotions

The Psychobiology of Emotions

by Jack George Thompson

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Overview

Regardless of culture, most adult humans report experiencing similar feelings such as anger, fear, humor, and joy. Such subjective emotional states, however, are not universal. Members of some cultures deny experiencing specific emo­ tions such as fear or grief. Moreover, within any culture, individuals differ widely in their self-reports of both the variety and intensity of their emotions. Some people report a vivid tapestry of positive and negative emotional experi­ ences. Other people report that a single emotion such as depression or fear totally dominates their existences. Still others report flat and barren emotional lives. Over the past 100 years, scientists have proposed numerous rival explana­ tions of why such large individual differences in emotions occur. Various authors have offered anthropological, biochemical, ethological, neurological, psycholog­ ical, and sociological models of human emotions. Indeed, the sheer number of competing theories precludes a comprehensive review in a single volume. Ac­ cordingly, only a representative sample of models are discussed in this book, and many equally important theories have been omitted. These omissions were not intended to prejudice the reader in favor of any particular conceptual frame­ work. Rather, this selective coverage was intended to focus attention upon the empirical findings that contemporary theories attempt to explain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781489921239
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Series: Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

I. The Mind-Body Puzzle.- 1. Mind and Body.- 2. Neural Control Systems.- 3. Neurohormonal Control Systems.- II. Physiological Systems.- 4. The Cardiovascular System.- 5. The Thermoregulatory System.- 6. The Respiratory System.- 7. The Gastrointestinal System.- 8. The Urinary System.- 9. The Female and Male Reproductive Systems.- 10. The Skeletal Muscle System I: Nondinical Populations.- 11. The Skeletal Muscle System II: Clinical Populations.- III. Theories of Emotion.- 12. Biochemical Models.- 13. Physiological Models.- 14. Mentalistic Models.- 15. Interactionist Models I: Physiological Models.- 16. Interactionist Models II: Personality/Temperament Models.- 17. Beyond Tautologies.- References.- Author Index.

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