Affect Imagery Consciousness

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Affect Imagery Consciousness

SKU# 9780826104458

Volume IV: Cognition: Duplication and Transformation of Information

Author: Silvan S. Tomkins PhD


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Tomkins' magnum opus, Affect, Imagery, Consciousness, was published by Springer Publishing Company in four volumes over 30 years. When Tomkins began writing the book in the 1950's, American psychology was dominated by psychoanalytic and behaviorist theories - neither of which placed much importance on the role of basic emotions in everyday human behavior. Tomkins challenged the status quo by developing - over the span of nearly 2,000 pages -- a theory of consciousness and motivation that placed emotion at the core of the human experience. Because so few psychologists were studying emotion at that time, Tomkins drew liberally from other academic disciplines to help formulate his ideas and support his arguments: evolutionary biology, ethology, cybernetics, literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and neurophysiology, among others. In the process, Tomkins practically invented the field of "nonverbal behavior" through close observation of emotional expressions in people, including his own infant son. His work was a brilliantly eccentric pastiche of ideas that adhered to no strict disciplinary or ideological boundaries. In time, however, AIC came to prominence through the research of his disciples, notably Paul Ekman and Carroll Izzard, who went on to become major researchers in the psychology of emotion. Today, Tomkins's book is influential not just in psychology but in philosophy, sociology, communication studies, even in "affective computing.

Springer Publishing Company is pleased to continue to offer this magisterial work in four volumes.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 01, 1992
  • Page Count 464
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104458

Table of Contents 

Contents of Other Volumes

  1. Introduction to the Second Half of Human Being Theory
  2. Part I: Cognition
  3. Cognition: What Is It and Where Is It?
  4. Varieties of Media Mechanisms: A Bottom-Up Perspective
  5. Varieties of Information Gain and Script Formation: A Top-Down Perspective
  6. Part II: Memory
  7. Memory: Defining Characteristics
  8. The Storage and Retrieval of Imagery: The Nature of These Processes
  9. The Possibility and Probability of Retrieving Stored Information
  10. Implications for Human Development: Continuity and Discontinuity
  11. Factors Governing the Activation of Early Memories
  12. Part III: Perception
  13. Perception: Defining Characteristics--Central Matching of Imagery
  14. The Lower Senses
  15. The Higher Senses
  16. Part IV: Other Centrally Controlled Duplicating Mechanisms
  17. The Central Assembly: The Limited Channel of Consciousness
  18. The Feedback Mechanism: Consciousness, The Image, and the Motoric
  19. Epilogue: Rate Change and Dimensionality as Fundamental Axiom
References--Volumes III and IV
References--Volumes I and II
Author Index
Subject Index