International Handbook of Anger

Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes

  • Michael Potegal
  • Gerhard Stemmler
  • Charles Spielberger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Potegal, Gerhard Stemmler
      Pages 3-7
    3. Michael Potegal, Raymond W. Novaco
      Pages 9-24
  3. Biology of Anger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Michael Potegal, Gerhard Stemmler
      Pages 39-59
    3. Eddie Harmon-Jones, Carly K. Peterson, Cindy Harmon-Jones
      Pages 61-78
    4. Alyson J. Bond, Janet Wingrove
      Pages 79-102
    5. Gerhard Stemmler
      Pages 103-121
  4. Cross Cultural Expressions and Experience of Anger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. David Matsumoto, Seung Hee Yoo, Joanne Chung
      Pages 125-137
    3. James A. Green, Pamela G. Whitney, Gwen E. Gustafson
      Pages 139-156
  5. Anger in Child Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Michael Lewis
      Pages 177-191
    3. Julie A. Hubbard, Lydia J. Romano, Meghan D. McAuliffe, Michael T. Morrow
      Pages 231-239
  6. Appraisal and Information Processing in Anger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Tanja Wranik, Klaus R. Scherer
      Pages 243-266
    3. Paul M. Litvak, Jennifer S. Lerner, Larissa Z. Tiedens, Katherine Shonk
      Pages 287-310
    4. David Schultz, Angela Grodack, Carroll E. Izard
      Pages 311-325
  7. Lifespan Changes and Gender Differences in Anger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Agneta H. Fischer, Catharine Evers
      Pages 349-360
  8. Time Course of Anger: State, Trait and the Persistence of Vengefulness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. Charles D. Spielberger, Eric C. Reheiser
      Pages 403-412
  9. Clinical Aspects of Anger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Janice E. Williams
      Pages 435-447
    3. Raymond W. Novaco
      Pages 465-497
  10. Conflict and Anger in Family, Workplace, and Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. James Snyder, Lynn Schrepferman, Amber McEachern, Jamie DeLeeuw
      Pages 517-534
    3. Donald G. Dutton
      Pages 535-544
    4. Roger Petersen, Sarah Zukerman
      Pages 561-581
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 583-590

About this book


International Handbook of Anger
Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes

Edited by Michael Potegal, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Gerhard Stemmler, Philipps-Universitat, Marburg, Germany
Charles Spielberger, University of South Florida


From the individual rage-driven violence of domestic abuse to the destructive causes and lasting consequences of large scale ethnic and political conflict, anger and its effects are ubiquitous in human life, and are the focus of intense study across many scientific disciplines: fields as varied as affective neuroscience, health science, psychology, psychophysiology, and sociology have all contributed to recent advances in the understanding of anger. The editors of the International Handbook of Anger bring these major contributions together for a unique portrayal of the many aspects of anger—evolutionary and biological bases, behavioral processes and effects, physiological concomitants, clinical aspects, and role in the larger social picture—with coverage that is both wide-ranging and integrative. State-of-the-art findings by highly regarded experts are organized for maximum utility, with extensive cross-referencing between chapters and editors’ introductory commentary linking the book’s sections.

A sampling of the coverage in the Handbook:

  • Historical views and roles of anger in Western and nonwestern cultures.
  • Current genetic, neurological, neurochemical, and psychophysiological perspectives.
  • Cross-cultural expressions: facial, vocal, and linguistic.
  • Affective, motivational, and cognitive processes in anger.
  • Gender differences in anger triggers, experience, and behavior.
  • Anger in development and across the lifespan: Infancy, childhood and adulthood
  • Assessing anger, hostility, and anger control.
  • Clinical aspects: psychopathology, anger and chronic pain, "Type A" behavior and cardiovascular health.
  • Anger in family, small-group, and large-group conflict.

The International Handbook of Anger presents a wealth of deep and detailed knowledge relevant to clinical and health psychology, social work, family studies, and anger management, among other fields. Its depth and breadth of coverage will make it a definitive volume informing research and practice in the years ahead.


Aggression Antisocial Behavior Management Motivation Nation Psychopharmacology behavior genetics health psychology neurobiology neurobiology of anger neurology neuroscience physiology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Potegal
    • 1
  • Gerhard Stemmler
    • 2
  • Charles Spielberger
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Pediatrics, Div. Pediatric Clinical NeuroscienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.FB PsychologieUniversität MarburgMarburgGermany
  3. 3.University of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-89675-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-89676-2
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