Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

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How do we - societies and individuals alike - (sometimes) manage to act in line with our high priority goals when faced with tempting-yet-conflicting alternatives? In other words, how do we (sometimes) resolve a conflict between a superordinate, global goal and a subordinate, local one, and do so in favor of the global goal? These types of self-control dilemmas can be found in many contexts and may be described at many levels of analysis. Examples include the dilemmas faced by groups fostering cooperation among their members, when defection is more beneficial for each individual; dieters resisting a tempting cake, and the cognitive system trading off speed for accuracy in conflict tasks like the Stroop. This book presents social, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to the study of self-control, connecting recent work in cognitive and social psychology with recent advances in cognitive and social neuroscience. It consists of three sections: The Social, The Mental, and The Brain. The "Mental" section is the book's anchor, examining within-individual self-control processes at all levels: from low-level attention to motivation and motivational systems. The "Social" section looks at group processes, broadly defined, and how groups and societies (attempt to) resolve conflicts between their global goals and the individual's self interest. The "Brain" section explores the brain processes that underlie self control attempts and speak directly to mental-level processes. In bringing together multiple perspectives on self-control dilemmas from internationally renowned researchers within various allied disciplines, this will be the first single-reference volume to illustrate the richness, depth, and breadth of the research in the new field of self control.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 184 x 254 x 34mm | 1,138.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 color half tone, and 28 line cuts - B&W 6 line illustrations
  • 0195391381
  • 9780195391381
  • 1,129,543

About Ran R. Hassin

Ran Hassin is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University. Kevin Ochsner currently is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Yaacov Trope has been a Professor of Psychology at New York University.show more

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"The readable chapters in this book offer a beautiful blend of social psychology and social neuroscience and establish Self Control as a new area of psychological science." -- Gerald L. Clore, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia "Uncovering the neural mechanisms of goal-directed behavior is a high priority in brain research that will undoubtedly require experimentation at multiple levels of analysis. To achieve this, scientists using social, developmental, cognitive, clinical and neuroscientific approaches must come together. This book is an inspiring demonstration of how this can be accomplished." --Mark D'Esposito, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director, Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley " In this outstanding volume, a stellar group of leading international researchers discuss the neural, mental and social processes involved in effective self control. They present cutting-edge research on this vitally important topic, covering the conscious as well as the unconscious mechanisms people employ to regulate their thoughts, feelings and actions. A better understanding of the psychology of self control is also critically important in applied fields such as clinical, counseling, organisational, health, marketing and sports psychology that all rely on effective self control strategies to achieve their objectives. This volume provides a comprehensive and illuminating review of the latest advances in this fascinating field, and should become essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners in psychology and related disciplines." -- Joseph P. Forgas, Scientia Professor, The University of New South Wales "The mechanisms of self control are being revealed by imaging studies. This volume reviews these striking new findings and examines the many fields influenced by the new mechanistic approach to the problem of volition. Everyone interested in how the brain implements volition will benefit from this wide ranging collection." -- Michael I. Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor, Sackler Institute, Weill Medical College "The readable chapters in this book offer a beautiful blend of social psychology and social neuroscience and establish Self Control as a new area of psychological science." -- Gerald L. Clore, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia "Uncovering the neural mechanisms of goal-directed behavior is a high priority in brain research that will undoubtedly require experimentation at multiple levels of analysis. To achieve this, scientists using social, developmental, cognitive, clinical and neuroscientific approaches must come together. This book is an inspiring demonstration of how this can be accomplished." --Mark D'Esposito, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director, Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley " In this outstanding volume, a stellar group of leading international researchers discuss the neural, mental and social processes involved in effective self control. They present cutting-edge research on this vitally important topic, covering the conscious as well as the unconscious mechanisms people employ to regulate their thoughts, feelings and actions. A better understanding of the psychology of self control is also critically important in applied fields such as clinical, counseling, organisational, health, marketing and sports psychology that all rely on effective self control strategies to achieve their objectives. This volume provides a comprehensive and illuminating review of the latest advances in this fascinating field, and should become essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners in psychology and related disciplines." -- Joseph P. Forgas, Scientia Professor, The University of New South Wales "The mechanisms of self control are being revealed by imaging studies. This volume reviews these striking new findings and examines the many fields influenced by the new mechanistic approach to the problem of volition. Everyone interested in how the brain implements volition will benefit from this wide ranging collection." -- Michael I. Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor, Sackler Institute, Weill Medical Collegeshow more

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