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'Elliot's Handbook is the A to Z of approach and avoidance. The list of authors reads like a 'who's who' of the very best leaders in psychology and neuroscience today. The topics include brain mechanisms of fear and desire, basic elements of emotion and personality, evaluation and self-regulation, and social and achievement motives. Everything one could want in an up-to-date analysis of motivation and emotion is here. In short, the Handbook is sure to be required reading for anyone who wants to understand feelings or motives.' -- Kent Berridge, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, USA

'A clear understanding of the approach-avoidance distinction is as important in setting the scientific course for psychology as determination of the periodic table was for chemistry. This enormously ambitious book, containing work by the leading scholars in the field, is a landmark effort in reaching that goal.' -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, USA

'Approach and avoidance motivation are central to key issues at all levels in the biobehavioral sciences. This Handbook brings all of these levels together for the first time, and does so in impressive fashion. It is a comprehensive, essential resource for all students of motivation in the social sciences, psychology, and neuroscience.' -- Richard J. Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An ambitious book 24 Oct. 2008
By Peter Hanley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This edited book is an attempt to integrate a wide variety of thinking from a diverse literature, all revolving around the dual concepts of approach (also known as activation or facilitation) and avoidance (also known as inhibition). And it is very successful in this attempt. The authors are all authorities in their field, and a balanced body of research and theory is represented.

My use of the book has only been superficial, so I cannot give a thorough review at this stage, but if you are a researcher in the field of motivation, emotion, or theoretical analysis of psychological dysfunction, then I'm sure you'll appreciate the depth, breadth, and insight this book has to offer. It would also interest psychological researchers and theorists of all sorts, although familiarity with the general concepts of approach and avoidance will make your reading time much more exciting.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good reference 16 Feb. 2010
By Psyc Researcher - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Buy this and Corr's RST book and you'll have all you need to launch a research career in this area.
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