The Wisdom in Feeling

Psychological Processes in Emotional Intelligence

Edited by Lisa Feldman Barrett and Peter Salovey
Foreword by John D. Mayer

August 19, 2002
ISBN 9781572307858
Price: $69.00 $48.30
444 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

Emotional intelligence has emerged as an area of intense interest in both scientific and lay circles. Yet while much attention has been given to the measurement of an "EQ," little has been written about the psychological underpinnings of emotional intelligence. This book fills an important gap in the literature, linking the ideas embodied in the emotional intelligence concept to ongoing research and theoretical work in the field of affect science. Chapters by foremost investigators illuminate the basic processes by which people perceive and appraise emotion, use emotion to facilitate thought, understand and communicate emotion concepts, and manage their own and others' emotions. Incorporating many levels of analysis, from neuroscience to culture, the volume develops a broader scientific basis for the idea of emotional intelligence. It also raises stimulating new questions about the role of emotion in adaptive personal and social functioning.

“This is a book filled with gems. It is a must read for those who wish to have the notion of emotional intelligence unpacked in a thoughtful and rigorous manner.”

Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

“Barrett and Salovey have chosen an outstanding group of emotion researchers to contribute to this volume. The work reported here goes a long way toward allaying the editors' stated concern that excitement about the heuristic value of the concept of emotional intelligence might overshadow careful study of the processes attributed to it. Chapters, many of which grabbed my attention immediately, include accounts of exciting basic research and suggest new directions for future work. This book is not just about emotional intelligence, but about emotion science itself.”

—Carroll E. Izard, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware

“Here, finally, is a book that puts the notion of emotional intelligence on the map of psychological science. While John Mayer and Peter Salovey, the pioneers in this area, worked assiduously to produce theory and data on the issue over the years, their work often seemed a bit overshadowed by the piles of popular bestsellers vulgarizing their ideas. In this book, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Salovey bring together a large group of expert researchers from different areas in psychology, including many eminent scholars in the psychology of emotion, to take an in-depth look at what psychological science can contribute to understanding the processes involved in perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions. This volume will be an invaluable source for anyone interested in this important and timely research area.”

—Klaus R. Scherer, University of Geneva

Table of Contents

Introduction, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Peter Salovey

I. Perceiving Emotion

1. Vocal Acoustics in Emotional Intelligence, Jo-Anne Bachorowski and Michael J. Owren

2. Emotional Intelligence and the Recognition of Emotion from Facial Expressions, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Abigail A. Marsh, and Nalini Ambady

3. Extinction, Inhibition, and Emotional Intelligence, James B. Nelson and Mark E. Bouton

II. Using Emotion in Thought and Action

4. Affect as Information: An Individual-Differences Approach, Carol L. Gohm and Gerald L. Clore

5. The Trouble with Vronsky: Impact Bias in the Forecasting of Future Affective States, Daniel T. Gilbert, Erin Driver-Linn, and Timothy D. Wilson

6. Situated Cognition and the Wisdom in Feelings: Cognitive Tuning, Norbert Schwarz

7. Emotional Response Categorization as Emotionally Intelligent Behavior, Paula M. Niedenthal, Nathalie Dalle, and Anette Rohmann

8. Emotion and Persuasion: Thoughts on the Role of Emotional Intelligence, David DeSteno and Julia Braverman

9. The Role of Emotion in Strategic Behavior: Insights from Psychopathology, Cary R. Savage

III. Understanding Emotion

10. "Why Is She Crying?": Children's Understanding of Emotion from Preschool to Preadolescence, Susanne A. Denham and Anita Kochanoff

11. Complexity of Emotion Representations, Richard D. Lane and Branka Zei Pollermann

IV. Managing Emotion

12. Wise Emotion Regulation, James J. Gross and Oliver P. John

13. Positive Emotions and Emotional Intelligence, Michele M. Tugade and Barbara L. Fredrickson

14. The Functional Utility of Negative Emotions, W. Gerrod Parrott

V. Extensions

15. Toward a Shared Language for Emotion and Emotional Intelligence, James A. Russell and Kimberly A. Barchard

16. Sensitivity and Flexibility: Exploring the Knowledge Function of Automatic Attitudes, Melissa J. Ferguson and John A. Bargh

17. Theory of Mind, Autism, and Emotional Intelligence, Robert James Richard Blair

About the Editors

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University, with research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and is a faculty member at the MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior. Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on the nature of emotion from both psychological and neuroscience perspectives, and incorporates insights from anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and the history of psychology. She is the recipient of a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, among numerous other awards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Psychological Science. She was a founding Editor-in-Chief of the journalEmotion Reviewand cofounder of the Society for Affective Science. Dr. Barrett has published more than 170 papers and book chapters.

Peter Salovey, PhD, is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is also Director of the Department of Psychology's Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Salovey has published over 175 articles and has been an editorial board member of several journals. A recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he has served on the NSF Social Psychology Advisory Panel. His recent work on emotion has focused on the ways in which feelings facilitate adaptive cognitive and behavioral functioning.


Social, personality, clinical, and developmental psychologists; students and researchers interested in emotions.

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

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