"...the potential of Emotional Contagion to exert a positive and long-lasting influence on research and theory in emotional interaction is immense...an important and useful book." Joseph N. Cappella, Contemporary Psychology
"...this book clearly explores its topic and presents a compelling case for its thesis, all in readable prose that is laced with interesting examples." Cognition and Emotion
The communication of a mood from one person to another is identified as emotional contagion. Compelling evidence for its effects are presented from social and developmental psychology, history, cross-cultural and experimental psychology and psychopathology within this analysis of the phenomenon.