Cognition and Emotion: From Order to Disorder

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Psychology - 496 pages
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This volume is the first book which seeks to review and integrate the various areas which fall under the umbrella of 'Cognition and Emotion'. The text has two principal aims. The first is to integrate work on normal emotions with work on the so-called emotional disorders. Within the cognition and emotion literature, there are a number of influential theories of 'normal' emotions; however, these rarely address the issue of disordered emotions. Similarly, there are numerous theories which seek to explain one or more emotional disorders (e.g. Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), but which rarely discuss normal emotions. The present book introduces a theoretical framework which can be applied to both normal and disordered emotions.
The second aim of this book is to provide a core cognition and emotion textbook by including a comprehensive review of the basic literature. This aim reflects the increased emphasis on cognition and emotion in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The book is in two parts. The first part provides a broad theoretical overview of the cognition and emotion literature, with chapters on the cognitive philosophy of emotion, theories of normal emotion and theories of emotional disorder. The key points from these three review chapters are carried forward to an integrative theoretical chapter in which a framework for analysing both normal and disordered emotions is outlined.
The second part of the book contains separate chapters on the five basic emotions of fear, sadness, anger, disgust and happiness. Each chapter provides a broad review of the relevant empirical and theoretical literature, a discussion of disordered variants of the emotion and an analysis of the normal and disordered presentations within the theoretical framework proposed in Part I.

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The cognitive philosophy of emotion
Cognitive theories of emotion
Cognitive theories of emotional disorder
Some theoretical remarks concerning a theory
Emotion generation via schematic models
Additional constraints and processes within
Overview and conclusions
Author index
Subject index

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Mick Power is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and is a practising clinical psychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the University of London and has worked as a clinical psychologist at Guy's Hospital, and at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. He has worked for the Medical Research Council and for many years has been a Research Advisor with the World Health Organization.

Tim Dalgleish is a Senior Research Scientist and practising clinical psychologist at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He completed his doctoral training and clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. His main research interests include psychological reactions to trauma and cognition-emotion relations in the emotional disorders.

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