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Handbook of Approach and Avoidance Motivation

Edited by: Andrew J. Elliot

Print publication date:  May  2008
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805860191
eBook ISBN: 9780203888148
Adobe ISBN: 9781135703660

10.4324/9780203888148
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Of the many conceptual distinctions present in psychology today, the approach-avoidance distinction stands out as one of, if not the, most fundamental and basic. The distinction between approach and avoidance motivation has a venerable history, not only within but beyond scientific psychology, and the deep utility of this distinction is clearly evident across theoretical traditions, disciplines, and content areas. This volume is designed to illustrate and highlight the central importance of this distinction, to serve as a one-stop resource for scholars working in this area, and to facilitate integration among researchers and theorists with an explicit or implicit interest in approach and avoidance motivation.

The main body of this volume is organized according to seven broad sections that represent core areas of interest in the study of approach and avoidance motivation, including neurophysiology and neurobiology, and evaluative processes. Each section contains a minimum of four chapters that cover a specific aspect of approach and avoidance motivation. The broad applicability of the approach-avoidance distinction makes this Handbook an essential resource for researchers, theorists, and students of social psychology and related disciplines.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Approach and Avoidance Motivation Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Emotional Processing and Motivation: In Search of Brain Mechanisms Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Effects of Early Experience on the Development of Cerebral Asymmetry and Approach–Withdrawal Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Appetitive and Defensive Motivation Is the Substrate of Emotion Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Dopamine and SEEKING: Subcortical “Reward” Systems and Appetitive Urges Download PDF
Chapter  6:  An Accumbens Dopamine–Acetylcholine System for Approach and Avoidance Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Role and Mechanisms of Steroid Hormones in Approach–Avoidance Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Development of Olfactory Modulated Approach and Avoidance Motivated Behaviors Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Basic Personality Dispositions Related to Approach and Avoidance: Extraversion/Neuroticism, BAS/BIS, and Positive/Negative Affectivity Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Individual Differences in Approach and Avoidance Motivation in Animals Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Genetic Influences on Individual Differences in Approach and Avoidance Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Making Connections and Avoiding Loneliness: Approach and Avoidance Social Motives and Goals Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Approach and Avoidance Motivation in the Achievement Domain: Integrating the Achievement Motive and Achievement Goal Traditions Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Activation and Measurement of Motivational States Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Internal Regulatory Variables and the Design of Human Motivation: A Computational and Evolutionary Approach Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Approach and Avoidance Motivation(s): An Evolutionary Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Evaluative Readiness: The Motivational Nature of Automatic Evaluation Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Functional Neuroarchitecture of Evaluative Processes Download PDF
Chapter  19:  How Approach and Avoidance Decisions Influence Attitude Formation and Change Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Motivations and Emotivations: Approach, Avoidance, and Other Tendencies in Motivated and Emotional Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Functions of Emotions and Emotion-Related Dysfunction Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Approach, Avoidance, and Emotional Experiences Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Anger and Approach–Avoidance Motivation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Approach–Avoidance Goals and Well-Being: One Size Does Not Fit All Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Challenge and Threat Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Thought Suppression and Psychopathology Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Motivational and Attentional Components of Personality Download PDF
Chapter  28:  How Persons and Situations Regulate Message Framing Effects: The Study of Health Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Distinguishing Levels of Approach and Avoidance: An Analysis Using Regulatory Focus Theory Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Approach and Avoidance Motivations in the Self-Concept and Self-Esteem Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Secrets of Resilience: Approaching Negative Self-Aspects Without Aversion Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The Functional Architecture of Approach and Avoidance Motivation Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Approach and Avoidance Motivation Across Cultures Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Interracial Interactions: Approach and Avoidance Download PDF
Chapter  35:  A Reunion for Approach–Avoidance Motivation and Social Comparison Download PDF
Chapter  36:  I Am Approaching the Decision to Avoid You: An Approach and Avoidance Perspective on Research on Social Exclusion and Rejection Download PDF
Chapter  37:  A Dyadic Perspective on Approach and Avoidance Motives for Sexual Behavior Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
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