This book sheds new light on the nature and function of emotions, drawing on the latest theories in evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as the older, established motivational and psychodynamic traditions. Author Robert Plutchik demonstrates the fundamental importance of emotions to all living creatures, and their crucial role in ensuring both bodily and genetic survival.
Designed as a textbook for upper level undergraduate and graduate students of psychology, this book contains useful chapter previews and summary material and is richly illustrated. Starting with an overview of some of the challenges involved in studying emotion, Plutchik discusses how thinkers such as Darwin, James, Cannon and Freud have conceptualized emotion and then describes the views of many contemporary researchers and theoreticians concerning emotions.
An accompanying online instructor's manual with a variety of study questions and teaching tips is available. Designed to reduce instructors' need for time-consuming course preparation, this guide includes interactive classroom exercises keyed to relevant chapters, emotion-related scales and tests for students to take and discuss, out-of-class project ideas, and lists of internet and video resources.