Appraisal Processes in Emotion: Theory, Methods, Research

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

EditorKlaus R. Scherer, Angela Schorr, Tom Johnstone

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The scientific study of emotion has long been dominated by theories emphasizing the subjective experience of emotions and their accompanying expressive and physiological responses. The processes by which different emotions are elicited has received less attention, the implicit assumption beingthat certain emotions arise automatically in response to certain types of events or situations. Such an assumption is incompatible with data showing that similar situations can provoke a range of emotions in different individuals, or even the same individual at different times. Appraisal theory,first suggested by Magda Arnold and Richard Lazarus, was formulated to address this shortcoming in our understanding of emotion. The central tenet of appraisal theory is that emotions are elicited according to an individual's subjective interpretation or evaluation of important events or situations.Appraisal research focuses on identifying the evaluative dimensions or criteria that predict which emotion will be elicited in an individual, as well as linking the appraisal process with the production of emotional responses. This book represents the first full-scale summary of the current state ofappraisal research. Separate sections cover the history of apraisal theory and its fundamental ideas, the views of some of the major theorists currently active in the field, theoretical and methodological problems with the appraisal approach including suggestions for their resolution, social,cultural and individual differences and the application of appraisal theory to understanding and treating emotional pathology, and the methodology used in appraisal research including measuring and analyzing self-report, physiological, facial, and vocal indicators of appraisal, and simulatingappraisal processes via computational models. Intended for advanced students and researchers in emotion psychology, it provides an authoritative assessment and critique of the current state of the art in appraisal research.

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The scientific study of emotion has long been dominated by theories emphasizing the subjective experience of emotions and their accompanying expressive and physiological responses. The processes by which different emotions are elicited has received less attention, the implicit assumption beingthat certain emotions arise automatically i...

K. Scherer is at University of Geneva. A. Schorr is at University of Eichstatt.
Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPart I: Introduction1. Ira J. Roseman and Craig A. Smith: Appraisal Theory: Overview, Assumptions, Varieties, Controversies2. Appraisal: The Evolution of an IdeaPart II: Current Appraisal Theories: The State of the Art3. Richard S. Lazarus: Relational meaning and Discrete Emotions4. Ira J. Roseman: A Model of Appraisal in the Emotion System: Integrating Theory, Research and Applications5. Klaus R. Scherer: Appraisal Considered as a Process of Multilevel Sequencial Checking6. Craig A. Smith and Leslie D. Kirby: Toward Delivering on the Promise of Appraisal TheoryPart III: Explanding the Paradigm: New and Critical Perspectives7. Nico H. Frijda and Marcel Zeelenberg: Appraisal: What Is the Dependent?8. Arvid Kappas: Metaphor is a Metaphor is a Metaphor: Exorcising the Homunculus form Appraisal Theory9. Putting Appraisal in Context10. Raner Reisenzein: Appraisal Processes Conceptualized from a Schema-Theoretic Perspective: Contributions to a Process Analysis of EmotionsPart IV: Variations in Appraisal: Socio-Cultural and Individual Factors11. Marc D. Lewis: Personal Pathways in the Development of Appraisal: A Complex Systems/Stage Theory Perspective12. Antony S. R. Manstead and Agneta H. Fischer: Social Appraisal: The Social World as Object of and Influence on Appraisal Process13. Batja Mesquita and Phebe C. Ellsworth: The Role of Culture in Appraisal14. Ira J. Roseman and Susanne Kaiser: Applications of Appraisal Theory to Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Emotional PathologyPart V: Emotional Response Modalities: Indicators of Appraisal15. Tom Johnstone et al: Vocal Expression Correlates of Appraisal Processes16. Susanne Kaiser and Thomas Wehrle: Facial Expressions as Indicators of Appraisal Processes17. Anna Pecchinenda: The Psychophysiology of AppraisalsPart VI: Methods of Research on Appraisal18. Michael Eid: Advacned Statistical Methods for the Study of Appraisal and Emotional Reaction19. Angela Schorr: Subjective Measurements in Appraisal Research: Present State and Future Perspectives20. Thomas Wehrle and Klaus R. Scherer: Toward Computational Modeling of Appraisal TheoriesPart VII: Perspectives for Theory and Research21. Klaus S. Scherer: The nature and Study of Appraisal: A Review of the IssuesReferencesSubject IndexAuthor Index