- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience: Where Are We Now?
- Salience, State, and Expression: The Influence of Specific Aspects of Emotion on Attention and Perception
- Emotion: Generation or Construction?
- The Neuroscience of Emotion Regulation: Basic Mechanisms and Their Role in Development, Aging, and Psychopathology
- The Impact of Emotion on Cognition
- Genetics and Emotion
- Visceromotor Sensation and Control
- Development of Emotion and Social Reasoning in Adolescence
- Perception of Nonverbal Cues
- Face Recognition
- The Cognitive and Neural Basis of Impression Formation
- Theory of Mind: How Brains Think about Thoughts
- The Pleasures and Pains of Social Interactions: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective
- The Neural Underpinnings of the Experience of Empathy: Lessons for Psychopathy
- Mirror Neurons and the Perception–Action Link
- The Early Development of the Brain Bases for Social Cognition
- Conflict Monitoring and Cognitive Control
- Hierarchical Cognitive Control and the Functional Organization of the Frontal Cortex
- Decision Neuroscience
- Expectancies and Beliefs: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Numerical Cognition
- Psychopharmacology of Cognition
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia Considered from a Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective
- The Neurobiology of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Epilogue to The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience Cognitive Neuroscience: Where Are We Going?
Abstract and Keywords
When life’s gentle breezes turn into threatening gales, we humans have a remarkable ability to adapt accordingly. This adaptability grants us a degree of control over not just our circumstances but also our emotional responses to them. We can keep our cool under stress, resist harmful temptations, and emerge resilient from all manner of trials and tribulations. We do so using a diversity of emotion regulation strategies that allow us to alter the nature, magnitude, and duration of our emotional responses in a variety of circumstances. The ability to regulate one’s emotions is one of the keys to leading a healthy and productive life and the failure to do so is a hallmark of many types of psychopathology, as well as a normal part of development for children and adolescents. A major motivator of the emerging science of emotion regulation is the need to better understand why and how these failures occur and lay the foundation for efforts to improve emotion regulation skills. With this in mind, the goals of this chapter are twofold. In the first section, a model of the cognitive control of emotion in healthy adults is outlined. In the second section, this model is used as a vantage point from which to survey recent efforts to examine emotion regulation in the contexts of development, aging, and psychopathology.
Jennifer Silvers, Department of Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
Jason T. Buhle, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Kevin N. Oschner is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University in New York, NY.
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