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“This new edition is as delightful and informative as its predecessor. It includes the important advancements in research made over the past 10 years, and carries the clear fruits of its enlarged authorship.” Nico Frijda, University of Amsterdam

Understanding Emotions provides an admirable theoretical integration of empirical research and, at the same time, makes emotion research relevant to our everyday lives. It is the perfect book for both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on emotion.” Batja Mesquita, Wake Forest University

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Keith Oatley and Jennifer M. Jenkins’s best-selling book on the psychology of emotions is the most highly regarded and engaging text for the emotions course. While retaining its interdisciplinary breadth, historical insights, and engaging format, this new edition adds the expertise of outstanding researcher and dedicated teacher Dacher Keltner. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and developments in emotions and includes the following features:

  • Cohesive synthesis of evolutionary and cultural approaches to emotion
  • New chapters on communication of emotion, bodily changes, and appraisal
  • Increased emphasis on interpersonal implications of emotions, including studies of newly discovered expressions and systems of communication
  • New coverage of moral judgment, individual differences, gene-environment interactions, and positive emotions
  • New coverage of subjective well-being and pro-social emotions like gratitude and compassion
  • Updated references throughout reflect current research and data, including research on affective neuroscience
  • A new design and pedagogical features including new integrated boxes that depict historical landmarks and historical figures, updated tables, boldfaced terms, and end-of-chapter summaries

An Instructor’s Manual with lecture notes, chapter outlines, and multiple-choice test questions available upon request. Please visit

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating overview and update Jan. 15 2007
By R. Rodriguez - Published on
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A fascinating overview and update for someone not having paid much attention to this field. Having been schooled in 70's, the scientific advances in the field of affective science, a field not in existence at that time, is truly amazing in its potential for understanding human behavior in everyday life.

A highly recommended resource to this book is an online series of classroom podcasts produced by the University of California at Berkeley by co-author Dacher Keltner (available on iTunes and other sites).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Decent textbook March 18 2013
By Amy Zolla - Published on
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While it had what I needed, it was very dry for a text. It was useful, but could have included more first hand research and data - I definitely expected more from such a large psych text.
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Understanding Emotions (Purchased on 08/18/2011) by Keith Oatley Sept. 19 2011
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This book has some highlighting and writing in it, but overall I am satisfied with the purchase. The book showed up promptly as well.