Two fundamental questions that clinical scientists and practitioners alike must address include when are emotions functional, and when are they dysfunctional? Recent advances in affective science have provided new tools with which to address these age-old questions. The past few decades have witnessed an explosion of research on emotion, accompanied by new theories, such as evolutionary-based analyses of emotion, as well as methods, such as anatomically based systems for coding facial expressive behavior and brain imaging strategies. These developments have provided new tools with which to explore the role that emotions play in mental health and illness.

Emotion and Psychopathology: Bridging Affective and Clinical Science synthesizes theoretical and methodological developments in affective science and highlights their potential application to psychopathology. This edited volume highlights exemplary work that illustrates the importance of transferring basic research into the clinical area and considers the potential payoffs of using affective science to conceptualize and treat major mental disorders. Disorders covered in this volume include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety, and alcoholism, which are discussed by scholars who are at the forefront of integrating work on emotion and psychopathology.

In addition, advances in emotion research methods, including strategies for measuring major emotion response systems; applications of affective methods to different forms of psychopathology; and future directions for existing interventions are presented. This book is geared toward affective scientists, clinical scientists, and clinical practitioners who are seeking a book that integrates affective and clinical science with regard to psychopathology.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Bridging Affective and Clinical Science
—Jonathan Rottenberg and Sheri L. Johnson

I. Advances in Basic Affective Science

  1. Affect Assessment Through Self-Report Methods
    —John Humrichouse, Michael Chmielewski, Elizabeth A. McDade-Montez, and David Watson
  2. Emotional Behavior and Psychopathology: A Survey of Methods and Concepts
    —June Gruber and Dacher Keltner
  3. Methods for Studying the Psychophysiology of Emotion
    —Craig Santerre and John J. B. Allen
  4. Methods for Studying Cognitive Aspects of Emotion
    —Edward Wilson and Colin MacLeod

II. Applications to Psychopathology

  1. Emotion and Schizophrenia
    —Jack J. Blanchard, Alex S. Cohen, and Jaymee T. Carreño
  2. Emotion and Bipolar Disorder
    —Sheri L. Johnson, June L. Gruber, and Lori R. Eisner
  3. Major Depressive Disorder: Emerging Evidence for Emotion Context Insensitivity
    —Jonathan Rottenberg
  4. Four Principles of Fear and Their Implications for Phobias
    —Arne Öhman and Christian Rück
  5. Alcohol and Emotion: Insights and Directives From Affective Science
    —John J. Curtin and Alan R. Lang
  6. Affective Processes in Psychopathy
    —Christopher J. Patrick

III. Treatment Applications and Future Directions

  1. Emotion-Based Approaches to the Anxiety Disorders
    —Frank J. Farach and Douglas S. Mennin
  2. Affective Science as a Framework for Understanding the Mechanisms and Effects of Antidepressant Medications
    —Andrew J. Tomarken, Richard C. Shelton, and Steven D. Hollon
  3. Affective Science and Psychotherapy: In Search of Synergy
    —Timothy J. Strauman, Kari Merrill Eddington, and Megan C. McCrudden

Afterword: Bridges Yet to Come—Future Directions for Integrating Affective and Clinical Science
—Jonathan Rottenberg, Sheri L Johnson, and James J. Gross

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Jonathan Rottenberg, PhD, was born in Massachusetts and raised in Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990 and received a master's degree in history from the Johns Hopkins University. He did his graduate work in psychology at Stanford University, where he was a National Institute of Mental Health predoctoral fellow in affective science.

Since receiving his PhD in 2003, Dr. Rottenberg moved to the University of South Florida, where he is currently an assistant professor, director of the Mood and Emotion Laboratory, and teacher of graduate and undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology. In his research, he and his students apply methods and insights drawn from basic research on emotion to further the understanding of important clinical conditions, such as major depressive disorder.

Dr. Rottenberg is a member of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Emotion Research Group. Dr. Rottenberg's research has been supported by a New Researcher Grant at the University of South Florida, and he has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Mental Health Research.

He has published his work on emotion and psychopathology in journals such as the Journal of Abnormal Psychology®, Psychophysiology, Emotion, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and Cognition & Emotion. This book is his first edited volume.

Sheri L. Johnson, PhD, received her BA from Salem College in 1982 and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. She completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University, and she was a clinical assistant professor at Brown from 1993 to 1995.

Since 1995, she has been teaching in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, where she is currently a professor of psychology with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

In 1993, Dr. Johnson received the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, and her work has also been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute. She has authored more than 70 articles and chapters.

Dr. Johnson's previous books include Psychological Treatments of Bipolar Disorder and Stress, Coping, and Depression. She was a coauthor on the textbook Abnormal Psychology. She is an associate editor for the journals Applied & Preventive Psychology and Cognition & Emotion, and she serves on the editorial board of Psychological Bulletin®, Psychology and Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Dr. Johnson's research is focused on processes that contribute to episodes of mania, including emotional reactivity and goal dysregulation.

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Extensively researched and referenced, with a lengthy index for quick reference, Emotion and Psychopathology is a welcome and up-to-date addition to psychology studies shelves.
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