Encyclopedia of Emotion, Volume 1
Topics include the neurological foundations of emotional function, competing theories of emotion, multicultural perspectives on emotions, emotional disorders, their diagnosis and treatment. Provides profiles of important organizations and key figures who have shaped our understanding of how and why we feel the way we do.
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Emotions are tricky: often tied to the experiences that define us, they're also rarely well understood. Bringing together materials spanning psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, biology, history, literature, and others, this set is intended to serve as a ready-reference volume to help the generalist better understand how emotions factor into modern life. The set begins with an essay penned by Reevy (psychology, California State Univ.; coeditor, Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping) on the history of emotion as a topic of study, followed by 367 alphabetically arranged entries. These range from "Behavior and Emotion" to "Theory of Mind," all one to three pages in length; some are accompanied by illustration or fact boxes highlighting statistics, history, or trivia about the subject at hand, while all include See also references. Each volume contains a straight list of entries as well as a list of entries by type (individual, disorders and symptoms, and treatments, for example). The set concludes with three appendixes covering psychopharmacology, organizations, and suggested reading, as well as an index. BOTTOM LINE The entries here provide accessible information about common terms from a unique multidisciplinary perspective—a great overall resource for institutions supporting undergraduate studies in psychology, sociology, communication theory, or many other social sciences.—Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana-Missoula Lib.