In this volume, Berkowitz develops the argument that experiential and behavioral components of an emotional state are affected by many processes: some are highly cognitive in nature; others are automatic and involuntary. Cognitive and associative mechanisms theoretically come into play at different times in the emotion-cognition sequence. The model he proposes, therefore, integrates theoretical positions that previously have been artificially segregated in much of the emotion-cognition literature.
The breadth of the implications of Berkowitz's theory is also reflected in the diversity of this book's companion chapters. Written by researchers whose work focuses on both social cognition and emotion, these articles provide important insights and possible extensions of the "cognitive-neoassociationistic" conceptualization developed in the target article. Although each chapter is a valuable contribution in its own right, this volume, taken as a whole, is a timely and important contribution both to social cognition and to research and theory on emotion per se.
"…attests to the continued seriousness of research and scholarship directed toward the interplay between cognitive and noncognitive mechanisms in the emergence of emotional responses….the volume presents ideas that are important to ponder and is a very worthwhile read."
Contents: Preface. L. Berkowitz, Towards A General Theory of Anger and Emotional Aggression: Implications of the Cognitive- Neoassociationistic Perspective for the Analysis of Anger and Other Emotions. J.R. Averill, Putting the Social in Social Cognition, with Special Reference to Emotion. G.L. Clore, A. Ortony, B. Dienes, F. Fujita, Where Does Anger Dwell? J.P. Forgas, Affect, Appraisal, and Action: Towards a Multiprocess Framework. P.J. Lang, The Network Model of Emotion: Motivational Connections. H. Leventhal, A Componential, Self Regulative Systems View of Berkowitz's Cognitive Neoassociationistic Model of Anger. L.L. Martin, J.W. Achee, D.W. Ward, T.F. Harlow, The Role of Cognition and Effort in the Use of Emotions to Guide Behavior. K. Oatley, Those to Whom Evil is Done. W.G. Parrott, On the Scientific Study of Angry Organisms. L. Berkowitz, More Thoughts About the Social Cognitive and Neoassociationistic Approaches: Similarities and Differences.