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Emotion and Consciousness

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ISBN 9781593854584
Published March 8, 2007 by Guilford Press
420 Pages

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Book Description

Presenting state-of-the-art work on the conscious and unconscious processes involved in emotion, this integrative volume brings together leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers. Carefully organized, tightly edited chapters address such compelling questions as how bodily responses contribute to conscious experience, whether unconscious emotion exists, how affect is transmitted from one person to another, and how emotional responses are produced in the brain. Bringing a new level of coherence to lines of inquiry that often remain disparate, the book identifies key, cross-cutting ideas and themes and sets forth a cogent agenda for future research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Paula M. Niedenthal, and Piotr Winkielman
I. Cognition and Emotion
2. Embodiment in the Acquisition and Use of Emotion Knowledge, Paula M. Niedenthal, Lawrence W. Barsalou, François Ric, and Silvia Krauth-Gruber
3. The Interaction of Emotion and Cognition: Insights from Studies of the Human Amygdala, Elizabeth A. Phelps
4. Affect and the Resolution of Cognitive Control Dilemmas, Jeremy R. Gray, Alexandre Schaefer, Todd S. Braver, and Steven B. Most
II. Unconscious Emotional Processing: Perception of Visual Stimuli
5. Caught by the Evil Eye: Nonconscious Information Processing, Emotion, and Attention to Facial Stimuli, Daniel Lundqvist and Arne Öhman
6. Nonconscious Emotions: New Findings and Perspectives on Nonconscious Facial Expression Recognition and Its Voice and Whole-Body Contexts, Beatrice de Gelder
7. Visual Emotion Perception: Mechanisms and Processes, Anthony P. Atkinson and Ralph Adolphs
III. Unconscious Emotional Behavior
8. Conscious and Unconscious Emotion in Nonlinguistic Vocal Communication, Michael J. Owren, Drew Rendall, and Jo-Anne Bachorowski
9. Behavior Systems and the Contextual Control of Anxiety, Fear, and Panic, Mark E. Bouton
IV. The Experience of Emotion
10. Emotion Experience and the Indeterminacy of Valence, Louis C. Charland
11. Feeling Is Perceiving: Core Affect and Conceptualization in the Experience of Emotion, Lisa Feldman Barrett
V. Perspectives On the Conscious–Unconscious Debate
12. Emotion Processes Considered from the Perspective of Dual-Process Models, Eliot R. Smith and Roland Neumann
13. Unconscious Processes in Emotion: The Bulk of the Iceberg, Klaus R. Scherer
14. Emotion, Behavior, and Conscious Experience, Piotr Winkielman, Kent Berridge, and Julie Wilbarger
15. Emotions, Embodiment, and Awareness, Jesse J. Prinz
16. Seven Sins in the Study of Unconscious Affect, Gerald L. Clore, Justin Storbeck, Michael D. Robinson, and David B. Centerbar

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Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University, with research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and is a faculty member at the MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior. Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on the nature of emotion from both psychological and neuroscience perspectives, and incorporates insights from anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and the history of psychology. She is the recipient of a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, among numerous other awards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Psychological Science. She was a founding Editor-in-Chief of the journalEmotion Reviewand cofounder of the Society for Affective Science. Dr. Barrett has published more than 170 papers and book chapters.

Paula M. Niedenthal, PhD, is Director of Research in the National Centre for Scientific Research and is a member of the Laboratory in Social and Cognitive Psychology at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Author of more than 65 academic articles and chapters and several books, Dr. Niedenthal is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and is currently at work on a textbook on the study of emotion in social psychology.

Piotr Winkielman, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Winkielman's current research focuses on the relations among emotion, cognition, body, and consciousness using psychological and psychophysiological approaches. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Alliance for Autism Research, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


The chapters in this wonderful book are informative, intelligent, and occasionally startling. Emotion and consciousness are two of psychology's hottest topics, and this book explores their collision. As you might expect, the bang is a big one.--Daniel Gilbert, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

This book represents a blossoming-out of a number of important trends in thinking about emotions. Major issues related to unconscious and conscious processes in emotion--such as cognition-emotion interactions, affect induction, and embodiment in perception and thought--are examined in the context of closely reasoned and expertly executed research programs. Several chapters present promising developments of new research streams, substantially adding to insight and knowledge. Brimming with information, this is a well-written, challenging text for graduate-level students interested in current research areas and controversies in the field.--Nico H. Frijda, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Although agreement remains scarce, emotions/m-/both conscious and unconscious/m-/are attracting unprecedented attention in human psychology. A banquet of theoretical perspectives is well shared in this stimulating volume, whose contributors seek to penetrate the scientific and philosophical mysteries of affective experience. Will be of interest to all those concerned with ongoing controversies in emotion studies.--Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), Bowling Green State University; Affective Neuroscience Research Program, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University
Remarkable....A rich tapestry that includes crucial summaries of state-of-the-science research and theorizing and the articulation and interrogation of key assumptions in the field. The editors did a fine job of bringing coherence to a quite heterogeneous collection of theories, concepts, methods, and research findings by insisting that each chapter explicitly consider the same set of questions and by providing a detailed roadmap to the contributions that in itself is a model of what the new science of emotion can achieve.
--Choice, 1/12/2007