In the past decade, there has been a dramatic growth in research examining the development of emotion from a physiological perspective. However, this widespread use of physiological measures to study emotional development coexists with relatively few guiding principles, thus reducing opportunities to move the field forward in invative ways. The goal of this mograph is to present the state of thescience on the physiology of emotion from a developmental perspective in order to take stock of the kwledge base at this historical moment in time and to cultivate greater integrationand coordination in the field as a whole. The authors of the 13 chapters comprising this mograph provide brief and focused essays that emphasize 5 core themes: the time course of emotion, the context of physiological measurement, the nature of developing physiological and behavioral systems, the specificity of associations between physiological measures and distinct aspects of emotion, and coordination among multiple physiological systems. This mograph has four parts. Part 1 describes integrative measurement approaches to the study of emotion and physiology, including measurementof multiple biological systems and a focus on individual differences in the links between physiology and emotion. Part 2 emphasizes socialization and contextual and environmental factors that influence the physiology of emotion. Part 3 reviews maladaptive physiological processes that underlie or influenceaffective disruptions and affective psychopathology. Part 4 describes overarching issues in the study of physiology and emotional development, articulating measurement guidelines and cutting-edge methods and statistical techniques. The work presented here represents the current state of the field, as well as exciting new directions that have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of emotional well-being, risk, and psychopathology. Taken together these 13 essays provide an invative view on the psychophysiology of emotion, emotional well-being, and affective psychopathology from a developmental perspective.
Tracy A. Dennis is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience doctoral program at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on neurobiological processes underlying the development of emotion regulation, emotional competence, and affective psychopathology in childhood and across the adult life span. In addition, her current work examines attentional biases and patterns of emotion cognition integration that influence adjustment. Paul D. Hastings is Professor of Psychology at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California Davis. His research is focused on the transactional and bidirectional contributions of children s regulatory systems and socialization experiences to trajectories of social and emotional development, with particular emphasis on empathy and prosocial behavior, inhibition and anxiety, and aggression and disruptive behavior.
Kristin A. Buss, Paul D. Hastings, Tracy A. Dennis
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Date of Publication
Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development