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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Motivation and Emotion
Motivation and emotion

The two topics that comprise this chapter have long histories in psychology. One way to assess interest in these topics is to look at the place they have held and currently hold in the undergraduate psychology curriculum. On one hand, course offerings on motivation seem to be declining; teachers and researchers have incorporated some topics subsumed under the word motivation within the increasing number of courses in behavioral neuroscience. On the other hand, there appears to be growing interest in the topic of emotion, with courses on the topic being offered as well as a number of special topics-related courses such as the psychology of fear. Certainly, the relatively new (historically speaking) “positive psychology” movement has focused more attention on ...

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