Current Issues and Future Directions

Edited by Tracy J. Mayne and George A. Bonanno

January 3, 2001
ISBN 9781572306226
Price: $69.00
421 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

This volume presents cutting-edge work in emotion theory and research that is altering the landscape of the field. Contributors—who represent the first generation of psychologists trained primarily as affect scientists—describe innovative methods, models, and measurements that illuminate and at times challenge traditional paradigms. The volume covers the broad subfields of emotion research. Addressed are such basic areas as the structure and function of emotion; affective neuroscience and cognition; positive emotions, including a chapter on the evolution of positive affect; and social and cultural influences on emotion. Also examined are applied and clinical topics, including emotion self-regulation and intelligence and the role of emotions in coping, health, and psychopathology. Structured in a coherent format to facilitate use in teaching, each chapter defines basic terms, reviews the historical development and evolution of the issue at hand, and discusses current research and directions for future investigation. An ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses, this volume is also essential reading for researchers and clinicians across a range of psychological disciplines.

“With the rapid growth of the literature on emotions over the past two decades, staying abreast of the many new developments in theory and research has become a formidable if not impossible problem. Mayne and Bonanno take a big step toward solving this problem with this excellent work. Chapters cover a range of topics, from the evolution and neuroscience of emotions to emotional intelligence and dynamic systems theory. I learned much from my reading of this volume.”

—Carroll E. Izard, PhD., Unidel Professor of Psychology, University of Delaware

“I read this book with considerable pleasure. It offers an admirable overview of the research produced by members of the younger generation of emotion investigators, and contains a rich store of data on the many topics covered. Chapters address cutting-edge theoretical issues that have moved to the fore in the last decade, offering a number of truly innovative and surprising insights.”

—Nico Frijda, PhD., Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Table of Contents

Preface, Tracy J. Mayne and George Bonanno

1. The Structure of Emotion: A Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Approach, Tracy J. Mayne and James Ramsey

2. A Multiprocess Perspective on the Neuroscience of Emotion, Kevin N. Ochsner and Lisa Feldman Barrett

3. Emotion and Memory, Pierre Philippot and Alexandre Schaefer

4. Positive Emotions, Barbara L. Fredrickson and Christine Branigan

5. The Evolution of Emotional Expression: A "Selfish-Gene" Account of Smiling and Laughter in Early Hominids and Humans, Michael J. Owren and Jo-Anne Bachorowski

6. Social Functions of Emotions, Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt

7. Culture and Emotion: Different Approaches to the Question, Batja Mesquita

8. Emotion Self-Regulation, George A. Bonanno

9. Emotional Intelligence: A Process Model of Emotion Representation and Regulation, Lisa Feldman Barrett and James J. Gross

10. Emotion and Coping , Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

11. Emotion and Psychopathology, Ann M. Kring

12. Emotions and Health, Tracy J. Mayne

13. The Future of Emotion Research, George A. Bonanno and Tracy J. Mayne

About the Editors

Tracy J. Mayne, PhD, is Director of HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance for Prevention Planning at the New York City Department of Health and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University in 1993. His research includes the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in New York City, with a special focus on gay men working in close collaboration with the Gay Men's Health Crisis. His interests also include the relationships between emotion and health and the history and development of the field of clinical psychology.

George A. Bonanno, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1991. His research and scholarly interests center on emotion and self-deception and the role they play in coping with extreme adversity. Dr. Bonanno is also an avid painter of portraits.


Students, researchers, and clinicians across a range of psychological disciplines.

Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

Course Use

Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses.