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The Function of Emotions

When and Why Emotions Help Us

Editors: Lench, Heather C. (Ed.)

  • Integrates findings across disciplines to present a new perspective on how and when emotions benefit people
  • Brings together experts on specific emotions to address the functions of emotion for goal attainment and relationships
  • Potential to transform the field by connecting to a broader audience interested in emotion and presenting information about emotions in an accessible format
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About this book

This eye-opening text brings together research from behavioral science, neuroscience, and other fields to make a cogent case for emotions acting as a practical framework for living our lives. A dozen basic emotions are analyzed in terms of what causes them, how they change thoughts and behaviors, and the functional value of these responses. Contrary to the common idea of emotions as fleeting occurrences, they are shown as having the potential for lasting impact on moods, thoughts, and behaviors. Intriguing findings assert that even negative emotions such as jealousy and anger can have positive results such as promoting positive goals, and can lead to successful outcomes in overarching domains such as cognition and well-being.

Among the topics covered:

·         How fear and anxiety promote attention and protective behavior.

·         How sadness and depression promote analysis of complex problems in goal-pursuits.

·         How happiness promotes processing and attention.

·         How love promotes relationship development and goal attainment.

·         How pride promotes sense of self and identity.

The Function of Emotions is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and clinicians interested in the psychology and neuroscience of emotions and their function in everyday life. It will attract an interested readership among professionals working in such fields as education, management and leadership, social work, and psychotherapy.

 

 

About the authors

Heather C. Lench, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Department Head in Psychology at Texas A&M University. The underlying premise of her research is that emotional processes are the foundation of behavior and thought. She examines the role of affective reactions and emotions in how people think about the future and what they think will happen to them in the future. She is also investigating when and why particular emotions might improve functioning and decision making.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • What Do Emotions Do for Us?

    Lench, Heather C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Fear and Anxiety

    Parsafar, Parisa (et al.)

    Pages 9-23

  • On Sentinels and Rapid Responders: The Adaptive Functions of Emotion Dysregulation

    Ein-Dor, Tsachi (et al.)

    Pages 25-43

  • Sadness, the Architect of Cognitive Change

    Karnaze, Melissa M. (et al.)

    Pages 45-58

  • On the Functions of Sadness and Grief

    Huron, David

    Pages 59-91

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77619-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77618-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02636-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Function of Emotions
Book Subtitle
When and Why Emotions Help Us
Editors
  • Heather C. Lench
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77619-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77619-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77618-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-02636-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 267
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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