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Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology

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The nature of well-being is one of the most enduring and elusive subjects of human inquiry. Well-Being draws upon the latest scientific research to transform our understanding of this ancient question. With contributions from leading authorities in psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience, this volume presents the definitive account of current scientific efforts to ...more
Paperback, 605 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by Russell Sage Foundation (first published January 8th 1999)
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Adam Gottbetter
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book provides comprehensive review of the scientific research on human happiness and is quite similar to Adam Gottbetter investigates the validity of focus group method. I would recommend it to anyone who is intensely interested in happiness and who has the behavioral science education and experience required to read through it with understanding. - Adam Gottbetter ...more
David Rubenstein
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has one of the best introductions I have ever read. The first chapter mimics the author's book (Thinking, Fast and Slow) is appealing and the Sapolsky chapter on stress is interesting and well written. There are tow or three other chapters that were appealing. I found the rest mostly to be guesses about how emotions and happiness might be measured (uncompelling) how the brain processes emotions (not especially interesting to me).

I had very high hopes, but this book is simply not for me
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a very thorough survey of many different areas in the study of emotions. However, I hesitate to give it 5 stars because, as I've mentioned in a review of another psychology book, I haven't read enough on the subject yet to know that this is the best that's out there. Also some of it is a bit out of date; it would be great if they did an updated edition. The wide range of writing/explanatory styles (because of how many different authors there were) was interesting, and I thought the ...more
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Daniel Kahneman (Hebrew: דניאל כהנמן‎ (born 5 March 1934) is an Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, notable for his work on behavioral finance and hedonic psychology.

With Amos Tversky and others, Kahneman established a cognitive basis for common human errors using heuristics and biases (Kahneman & Tversky, 1973, Kahneman, S

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