Originally published in 1989, this title provided a wide-ranging and up-to-date review of a traditional area of psychology. It will be of great interest to all those who wish to discover what governs human behaviour and feeling – in other words, what makes people tick.
Phil Evans explores the influences that determine a range of behaviour, from those with clear biological links such as eating, sleeping and sexual activity, to those specifically human concerns such as the need to achieve success or approval. He also analyses the feelings and emotions that often guide behaviour. He gives a detailed outline of various theoretical perspectives on what it is to be a human being: whether a biological organism with biological needs, a responder to environmental signals of pleasure, or a cognitively aware agent continuously processing information regarding current circumstances. His review of both cognitive and biosocial approaches conveys the liveliness of debate and argument within psychology at the time, and demonstrates that an understanding of all views is necessary to illuminate fully the complex nature of human behaviour.
List of Figures and Tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Eating (Biological Imperative?) 3. Sleeping (Biological Imperative?) 4. Sex (Biological Imperative?) 5. Aggression (Biological Imperative?) 6. Gut Reactions and Gut Emotions 7. Predicting and Controlling 8. An Energizing Force? 9. Achieving, Succeeding, Failing, and Persisting 10. Affect, Emotion and Cognition. References. Index.
Psychology Library Editions: Emotion makes available again twelve previously out-of-print titles that were originally published between 1976 and 1999. Written by a range of authors from diverse backgrounds and spanning different areas of psychology, such as clinical, cognitive, developmental and social, the volumes feature a variety of approaches and topics. This is a great opportunity to trace the development of research in emotion from a number of different perspectives. These twelve previously out-of-print titles are now available again, either as a set or as individual volumes, in your choice of print or ebook.