Current Trends in Theory and Research

1st Edition - January 28, 1972

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  • Editor: Charles D. Spielberger
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258256

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Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research, Volume I, seeks to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of anxiety phenomena. This volume emerged from a symposium on Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research held at Florida State University in the spring of 1970. The symposium brought together persons who have made important contributions to the understanding of anxiety phenomena and provided them with an opportunity to react to each other's ideas. One of the main goals of the symposium was to stimulate confrontation among opposing views with the expectation that this would, at least, provide clarification of terminology and eliminate the semantic confusion plaguing the field. The volume is organized into three parts. Part I presents an overview of the unique theoretical perspective and research objectives with which each contributor has approached the topic of anxiety. It also provides background information and historical perspective for the reader with limited familiarity with this area. Part II contains papers focusing on the nature and measurement of anxiety. Part III deals with the neurophysiological and biochemical aspects of anxiety. This work is intended primarily for psychologists and students of psychology, but it should be of interest to any behavioral or medical scientist concerned with a more comprehensive understanding of personality and psychopathology.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    Contents of Volume II

    Part I Introduction

    Chapter 1. Current Trends in Theory and Research on Anxiety

    Historical Perspective

    Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research


    Part II The Nature and Measurement of Anxiety

    Chapter 2. Anxiety as an Emotional State

    The Concept of Emotion

    Anxiety as an Emotional State

    The Measurement of Anxiety States

    Toward a Trait-State Theory of Anxiety



    Chapter 3. Anxiety: a Variable Combination of Interacting Fundamental Emotions

    A Conceptual Analysis of Anxiety

    Some Differences among Theories of Emotion and Anxiety

    Empirical Analysis of "Anxiety"

    Summary and Conclusions


    Comments on Dr. Izard's Paper

    Comments on Dr. Izard's Paper

    Chapter 4. The Nature and Genesis of Mood States: a Theoretical Model with Experimental Measurements Concerning Anxiety, Depression, Arousal, and Other Mood States


    The Basis for Differentiating the Concepts of States, Traits, and Trait Change Factors

    The Expansion of the Traditional R-Technique Specification Equation to Incorporate States and Trait-Change Factors

    The Use of Coordinated R-, dR-, and P-Technique Experiments to Effect Separation and Identification of Trait, Trait Change, and State Structures

    Further Characteristics Needing Definition in the State Model: Measurement Origins, Frequency, and Speed of Oscillation

    The Integration of State Research with the Concepts of State Liability and Modulation

    The State and Trait Variances to be Expected under R-, dR-, and P-Designs

    Conditions Required for Defining Anxiety, in Relation to Effort Stress, Arousal, Depression, and Fear

    The Nature and Theoretical Distinction of Anxiety, Effort Stress, Arousal, Depression, and Fear

    Anxiety and Other States Defined in a Theory of Dynamic Process


    Comments on Dr. Cattell's Paper


    Part III Neurophysiological and Biochemical Aspects of Anxiety

    Chapter 5. Anxiety and Impulsiveness: Toward a Neuropsychological Model

    Overview of Research Project and Rationale

    Psychometric Research (Human)

    Laboratory Behavioral Research (Human)

    Psychophysiological Research (Human)

    Everyday Life Experiences (Human)

    Infrahuman Research

    Toward a Neuropsychological Model of Impulsiveness and Anxiety


    Comments on Dr. Barratt's Paper

    Chapter 6. A Brief Commentary on the "Psychiatric Breakthrough" with Emphasis on the Hematology of Anxiety

    The Hematology of Anxiety

    A Critical Commentary on Breakthrough Research


    Comments on Dr. Levitt's Paper

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 268
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1972
  • Published: January 28, 1972
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258256

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Charles D. Spielberger

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