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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Dskt edition (21 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557864950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557864956
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The contemporary field of emotion research is an immensely challenging one to synthesise. Oatley and Jenkins have done this, and have managed to do so in a way that makes this field accessible to a broad audience without sacrificing the precious scientific integrity upon which the entire research enterprise rests. Understanding Emotions is a truly first–rate introductory treatment of this important area, and promises to be of great use to students, teachers, and researchers in the many fields now concerned with better understanding emotions." James Gross, Stanford University, The BPPS Quarterly

"There is nothing like this book on the market. It goes deeper into the problems than any introductory book on emotion that I know, lacking the superficiality of most such texts. The discussions, although accessible, are of intellectual standing. The book is full of theoretical ideas of elaboration that I find very challenging. In addition, it is highly enjoyable in its examples, interesting, very well written, up–to–date, and informative. The organization is admirable, placing culture first and only then going into the more basic processes." Professor Nico Frijda, University of Amsterdam

"In my view, this particular text is quite distinctive in terms of its breadth. It draws upon and integrates material on emotions from social and clinical psychology, from psychiatry, from sociology, from anthropology and from literature. It addresses important issues regarding emotions from many more theoretical perspectives than has been typical in most recent books on emotions. It includes historical material as well as very up–to–date work on emotions and it addresses both theoretical and applied issues." Margaret S. Clark, Carnegie Mellon University

"Oatley and Jenkins′s book is an excellent text that is well written, interesting, and accessible while maintaining intellectual rigor. It is comprehensive in its coverage and considers the historical roots of emotion research as well as the most recent research." Contemporary Psychology

"At each turn, the authors have gone to great lengths to make this book accessible, from their clear and compelling writing, to the large number of figures, tables, insets with biographical information about key figures, summary sections, and helpful suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. Studies are thoughtfully selected and carefully presented in enough detail that a student can clearly see how a question was framed and answered. Connections between studies are drawn within each chapter, and pains also have been taken to make connections across chapters as well. Understanding Emotions is a truly first–rate introductory treatment of this important area, and promises to be of great use to students, teachers, and researchers in the many fields now connected with better understanding emotions." James Gross, Stanford University<!––end––>

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This new textbook by cognitive scientist and prize–winning novelist Keith Oatley, and developmental psychologist Jennifer M. Jenkins, is the first to fully span the fast–growing field of research on emotions. It is designed as a textbook for second– and third–year university courses, and the text itself is fully supported by introductions, summaries, and suggestions for further reading, plus a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary.

Understanding Emotions ranges across the disciplines from philosophy and narrative literature through anthropology, evolutionary theory, brain research, psychology, and sociology, covering the entire lifespan, from infancy to adulthood. Its main theme is that emotions have functions: they set priorities among our concerns and they provide the underlying structure and human relatedness from attachment in infancy, to the warmth of family life and of friendships, to the excitements of sexuality. Interpersonal functions of emotions include those of anger which mediates conflict and often prompts renegotiation, and the more problematic effects of contempt. Emotions sometimes become dysfunctional in orders of depression, anxiety, and excessive aggression, but these disorders can also be understood in terms of how they arise. The book emphasizes the human value of emotions, with practical concern for clinical problems, education and everyday understanding.


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from the recommended reading list for my psychology and criminology degree, easy to read and understand, but do publishers ever take into account the weight of books? a hefty one to take to class
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 19 May 2010
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Reading this book I want to get in touch emotional with others, that would be more like it. Still might not understand but its a start! LOL
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Fascinating overview and update 16 Jan. 2007
By R. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating overview and update for someone not having paid much attention to this field. Having been schooled in 70's, the scientific advances in the field of affective science, a field not in existence at that time, is truly amazing in its potential for understanding human behavior in everyday life.

A highly recommended resource to this book is an online series of classroom podcasts produced by the University of California at Berkeley by co-author Dacher Keltner (available on iTunes and other sites).
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Decent textbook 18 Mar. 2013
By Amy Zolla - Published on Amazon.com
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While it had what I needed, it was very dry for a text. It was useful, but could have included more first hand research and data - I definitely expected more from such a large psych text.
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Understanding Emotions (Purchased on 08/18/2011) by Keith Oatley 19 Sept. 2011
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This book has some highlighting and writing in it, but overall I am satisfied with the purchase. The book showed up promptly as well.
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