Book: The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood

Book Title:

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood.

Part of the Oxford Library of Psychology.

Author(s): Paul Verhaegen and Christopher Hertzog (Editors).

Year: 2014.

Edition: First.

Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Over the last decade, the field of socio-emotional development and ageing has rapidly expanded, with many new theories and empirical findings emerging. This trend is consistent with the broader movement in psychology to consider social, motivational, and emotional influences on cognition and behaviour.

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood provides the first overview of a new field of adult development that has emerged out of conceptualisations and research at the intersections between socio-emotional development, social cognition, emotion, coping, and everyday problem solving.

This field roundly rejects a universal deficit model of ageing, highlighting instead the dynamic nature of socio-emotional development and the differentiation of individual trajectories of development as a function of variation in contextual and experiential influences.

It emphasises the need for a cross-level examination (from biology and neuroscience to cognitive and social psychology) of the determinants of emotional and socio-emotional behaviour.

This volume also serves as a tribute to the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields, whose thinking and empirical research contributed extensively to a life-span developmental view of emotion, problem solving, and social cognition.

Its chapters cover multiple aspects of adulthood and ageing, presenting developmental perspectives on emotion; antecedents and consequences of emotion in context; everyday problem solving; social cognition; goals and goal-related behaviours; and wisdom.

The landmark volume in this new field, The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood is an important resource for cognitive, developmental, and social psychologists, as well as researchers and graduate students in the field of ageing, emotion studies, and social psychology.

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