Synopses & Reviews
This book gives a comprehensive account on the methodological foundations of psychophysiology and, in particular, differential psychophysiology. In the first part of the book, the nature of psychological explanations, the place of psychophysiology in psychology, notions of situation, personality, and activation, assessment models, and methodological principles are systematically developed. On the basis of a stimulus-response mediation model both key methodologica terms in psychophysiology, such as specificity analysis and covariance partitioning, and measurement models are derived. One specialized measurement model, The Model of Autonomic Cardiovascular Activation Components, is extensively studied. The second part of the book presentsempirical demonstrations of research programs that make considerable useof the ideas and methods of a differential psychophysiology: The analysis ofactivation processes, the characterization of laboratory tasks in terms of cardiovascular activation components, the concept of situational arousability within Eysenck's biological personality therory, and the psychophysiology of anger. Readers are provided with an illustrated and comprehensive treatment of the methodological foundation of psychophysiology. The focus on differential psychophysiology is new and will make the book valuable to both the researcher and student of psychophysiology and the differential psychologist.