By Fraser Watts, J. Mark G. Williams, Colin MacLeod and Andrew Matthews
Published by Wiley, 1997
This book responds to the explosion of interest in using the methods of experimental cognitive psychology to help understand emotional disorders, especially common anxiety and depressive disorders. It reviews recent research, focusing on how emotion affects: conscious and non–conscious processing, memory bias and memory deficits, attentional bias, schematic processing, judgements, thoughts and images. It also explores how irregularities in these processes can contribute to emotional disorders
Fraser Watts says: “This book arose from a very fruitful collaboration between Mark Williams and myself who are then at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge and Andrew Matthews and Colin MacLoed who were then at St George’s Hospital in London. The first edition was published in 1988. Cognitive therapy had already been shown to be quite effective for emotional disorders, but not enough was known about basic cognitive processes in depression etc. We set out to investigate basic cognitive processes such as attention and memory, using the methods of experimental cognitive psychology. This book reports that research effort. Though this 2nd edition is now 20 years old, I think it still represents a significant research achievement.
The Cognitive Approach to Emotional Disorders The Information–processing Paradigm Cognitive Impairments Attention to Emotional Stimuli, I: Causes and Correlates Attention to Emotional Stimuli, II: Mechanisms Underlying Bias Memory Thoughts and Images Judgement Schemata Nonconscious Processing Theoretical Overview References Indexes