Psychology of Emotion 

By Paula Niedenthal & François Ric


Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the psychology of emotion has grown to become its own field of study. Because the study of emotion draws inspiration from areas of science outside of psychology, including neuroscience, psychiatry, biology, genetics, computer science, zoology, and behavioral economics, the field is now often called emotion science or affective science. A subfield of affective science is affective neuroscience, the study of the emotional brain.

This revised second edition of Psychology of Emotion (2017) reviews both theory and methods in emotion science, discussing findings about the brain; the function, expression, and regulation of emotion; similarities and differences due to gender and culture; the relationship between emotion and cognition; and emotion processes in groups.

Comprehensive in its scope yet eminently readable, Psychology of Emotion serves as an ideal introduction for undergraduate students to the scientific study of emotion. It features effective learning devices such as bolded key terms, developmental details boxes, learning links, tables, graphs, and illustrations. In addition, a robust companion website offers instructor resources.

Instructors can request a complimentary exam copy here.

Praise for Psychology of Emotion, 2nd Ed.

Now reorganized, and with new chapters on the brain and on happiness, this updated second edition will continue to provide students with an engaging introduction to the psychology of emotion.

-W. Gerrod Parrott, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA

This book is terrific—up to date, well-written, comprehensive, accessible, and enjoyable. Diverse views in the field are presented in a balanced manner. Questions of what emotions are, how they came to be, and why we need them are addressed. This is a great resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and emotion scholars.

-Margaret S. Clark, John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Yale University, USA

Table of contents

1. Theories of Emotion. 2. Methods for the Science of Emotion. 3. The Emotional Brain. 4. Functions of Emotion. 5. Expression of Emotion. 6. Self-conscious Emotions. 7. Happiness. 8. Emotion and Cognition. 9. Emotion Regulation. 10. Emotion and Group Processes. 11. Gender and Emotion. 12. Universals and Cultural Differences in Emotions.