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5. Why do we do what we do? Motivation and emotion

5. Why do we do what we do? Motivation and emotion  

Gillian Butler and McManus Freda

in Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779831
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199670420.003.0005
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9780199670420
Feelings provide an impetus to action. Motivations determine the goals towards which we strive and emotions reflect the feelings we have along the way. ‘Why do we do what we do? Motivation ... More
1. What is anxiety?

1. What is anxiety?  

Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

in Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777486
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567157.003.0001
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9780199567157
‘What is anxiety?’ asks what anxiety is; what it feels like; and what its purpose might be. A brief history of anxiety takes us from its Latin roots, through the increased interest in ... More
Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Dylan Evans

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.001.0001
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book
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9780198834403
Was love invented by European poets in the Middle Ages or is it part of human nature? Will winning the lottery really make you happy? Is it possible to build robots that have feelings? ... More
Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction  

Essi Viding

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
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9780191840685
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198802266.001.0001
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9780198802266
Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination, but there is often a very limited understanding of the condition. For example, people commonly assume ... More
5. What to do with a psychopath?

5. What to do with a psychopath?  

Essi Viding

in Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
eISBN: 
9780191840685
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198802266.003.0005
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9780198802266
‘What to do with a psychopath?’ outlines some pertinent questions and the evidence regarding treatment and prevention of psychopathy. Is it possible to treat adults with psychopathy or ... More
5. Predictive biometrics

5. Predictive biometrics  

Michael Fairhurst

in Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191846731
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198809104.003.0005
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9780198809104
Is there any reason why the data captured in a biometric system could not be used for other sorts of prediction too? ‘An introduction to predictive biometrics’ looks at how instead of ... More
4. Why do some people become psychopaths?

4. Why do some people become psychopaths?  

Essi Viding

in Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
eISBN: 
9780191840685
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198802266.003.0004
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9780198802266
What are the developmental origins of the psychopathic mind? Is psychopathy a genetic condition? Or do people become psychopaths because they have been maltreated? Is it inevitable that ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Essi Viding

in Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
eISBN: 
9780191840685
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198802266.003.0006
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9780198802266
The Introduction explains that we now understand psychopathy as a personality disorder characterized by lack of empathy and guilt, manipulation of other people, a tendency to make ... More
Pain: A Very Short Introduction

Pain: A Very Short Introduction  

Rob Boddice

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191801815
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198738565.001.0001
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9780198738565
What is pain? How is pain related to emotions, culture, and pleasure? What happens to us when we feel pain? Pain: A Very Short Introduction explores the history, culture, and medical ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Rob Boddice

in Pain: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191801815
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10.1093/actrade/9780198738565.003.0001
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9780198738565
Pain is very difficult to define. The Introduction explains that a true understanding of physical and emotional pain must take into account biological, psychological, and social factors. ... More
4. The head and the heart

4. The head and the heart  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0004
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9780198834403
‘The head and the heart’ explains how emotions affect ‘cognitive’ capacities such as attention, memory, and logical reasoning. The power of emotions to affect these things makes emotional ... More
3. How to be happy

3. How to be happy  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
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9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0003
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9780198834403
The range of things that can make us joyful or distressed is simply vast. Is there any pattern underlying this bewildering diversity? ‘How to be happy’ explores what makes us happy by ... More
5. The computer that cried

5. The computer that cried  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0005
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9780198834403
The most recent discipline to have entered the debate on emotion is artificial intelligence. Since the early 1990s, computer scientists have become increasingly interested in building ... More
2. The evolution of emotion

2. The evolution of emotion  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0002
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‘The evolution of emotion’ argues that emotions were—and still are—vital for survival. Ever since Plato, many Western thinkers have tended to view emotions as obstacles to intelligent ... More
AfterwordThe heart has its reasons

Afterword: The heart has its reasons  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0006
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9780198834403
When people speak of cognition and emotion, or of reason and the passions, they are usually referring to two distinct mental faculties. One of them is cool, calm, and collected and works ... More
1. What is an emotion?

1. What is an emotion?  

Dylan Evans

in Emotion: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0001
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9780198834403
The word ‘emotion’ is fairly recent. Before the 19th century, people talked instead about ‘passions’, ‘sentiments’, and ‘affections’. ‘What is an emotion?’ begins by outlining the complex ... More
Humour: A Very Short Introduction

Humour: A Very Short Introduction  

Noël Carroll

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779886
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199552221.001.0001
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book
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9780199552221
Humour: A Very Short Introduction considers the relation of humour to emotion and cognition, explores the value of humour in its social functions, and examines the leading ... More
5. Bodies as commodities

5. Bodies as commodities  

Chris Shilling

in The Body: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191802164
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198739036.003.0006
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chapter
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9780198739036
Bodies have been conceptualized and valued in a wide variety of ways across contrasting cultures. There has been a multiplication of methods through which the physical appearance, organs, ... More
6. Bodies matter: dilemmas and controversies

6. Bodies matter: dilemmas and controversies  

Chris Shilling

in The Body: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191802164
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198739036.003.0007
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9780198739036
‘Bodies matter: dilemmas and controversies’ considers three key questions—are mediated bodies immoral? How do people manage bodily change? Have our bodies become sacred? They each show how ... More
Work: A Very Short Introduction

Work: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Fineman

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778452
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.001.0001
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book
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9780199699360
Work: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of work — how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning. The image of a job captures our imagination from an early age, ... More

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