The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal by Robert E. Thayer

The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal

byRobert E. Thayer

Paperback | February 1, 1995

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What is the biological function of daily mood variations? What is the relationship between mood and such factors as exercise, time of day, nutrition, stress, and illness? Drawing on his own wide-ranging research concerning subjective assessments of mood and on extensive research by others, Dr.Thayer presents a comprehensive theory of normal mood states, viewing them as subjective components of two biological arousal systems, one which people find energizing, and the other which people describe as producing tension. The author explains these two mood effects in relation to a complexrelationship between energy and tension. Relevant research is systematically reviewed, and moods are analyzed in relation to circadian rhythms, exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, and cognition. Perceptual and motivational effects of mood are also discussed, as are measurement and research designissues. Unique in its depth and comprehensiveness, this book will be of interest not only to researchers in psychology, biology, and medicine, but its clear style of presentation and the practical activities suggested for mood regulation will make it interesting to general readers as well.

About The Author

Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. His training is in psychology of personality with specialties in biopsychology and psychophysiological approaches to mood, emotion, and personality. His research is widely cited in the scientific literature, and recently his work has receive...

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Title:The Biopsychology of Mood and ArousalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195068270

ISBN - 13:9780195068276

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Modern Perspectives on Mood3. Arousal: A Basic Element of Mood and Behavior4. Daily Rhythms of Subjective Energy and Other Biopsychological Cycles5. Determinants of Energetic and Tense Arousal, Including Cognitive-Mood Interactions6. The Natural Interaction of Energetic and Tense Moods: A Multidimensional Arousal Model7. Issues Relating to Formal and Informal Research on Mood8. Toward an Understanding of Nonpathological Mood States: Evidence, Speculations, and Applications

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Drawing on his own wide-ranging research concerning subjective assessments of mood and on extensive research by others, Dr. Thayer presents a comprehensive theory of normal mood states.

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"Ideally, the publication of this book will not only alert more people to the existence of Thayer's intriguing theory, but it will also inspire both researchers who favor his model and those who oppose it to conduct more empirical work to support their ideas." --Contemporary Psychology