Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation

  • Guido H.E. Gendolla
  • Mattie Tops
  • Sander L. Koole

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Guido H.E. Gendolla, Mattie Tops, Sander L. Koole
    Pages 1-6
  3. Integrative Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Charles S. Carver, Sheri L. Johnson, Jutta Joormann, Michael F. Scheier
      Pages 9-23
    3. Marco Del Giudice
      Pages 25-41
    4. Richard B. Lopez, Kathleen D. Vohs, Dylan D. Wagner, Todd F. Heatherton
      Pages 43-54
    5. Mattie Tops, Caroline Schlinkert, Mandy Tjew-A-Sin, Dalya Samur, Sander L. Koole
      Pages 69-85
  4. Interactions between Affect and Cognition in Self-Regulation

  5. The Central Nervous System and Self-Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Eddie Harmon-Jones, Cindy Harmon-Jones
      Pages 175-187
    3. Jordan L. Livingston, Lauren E. Kahn, Elliot T. Berkman
      Pages 189-207
  6. Self-Regulation of Effort

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Eugenia Radulescu, Yoko Nagai, Hugo Critchley
      Pages 237-253
    3. Helma M. de Morree, Samuele M. Marcora
      Pages 255-270
    4. Guido H.E. Gendolla, Nicolas Silvestrini
      Pages 271-286
    5. A. Timur Sevincer, Gabriele Oettingen
      Pages 315-329
  7. Self-Regulatory Problems and Their Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Jens Henrichs, Bea R. H. Van den Bergh
      Pages 349-370
    3. Ernst H. W. Koster, Lin Fang, Igor Marchetti
      Pages 371-383
    4. Jens C. Pruessner, Mark Baldwin
      Pages 385-395
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 419-421

About this book


How can people master their own thoughts, feelings, and actions? This question is central to the scientific study of self-regulation. The behavioral side of self-regulation has been extensively investigated over the last decades, but the biological machinery that allows people to self-regulate has mostly remained vague and unspecified. Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation corrects this imbalance. Moving beyond traditional mind-body dualities, the various contributions in the book examine how self-regulation becomes established in cardiovascular, hormonal, and central nervous systems. Particular attention is given to the dynamic interplay between affect and cognition in self-regulation. The book also addresses the psychobiology of effort, the impact of depression on self-regulation, the development of self-regulation, and the question what causes self-regulation to succeed or fail. These novel perspectives provide readers with a new, biologically informed understanding of self-awareness and self-agency. Among the topics being covered are:

  • Self-regulation in an evolutionary perspective.
  • The muscle metaphor in self-regulation in the light of current theorizing on muscle physiology.
  • From distraction to mindfulness: psychological and neural mechanisms of attention strategies in self-regulation.
  • Self-regulation in social decision-making: a neurobiological perspective.
  • Mental effort: brain and autonomic correlates in health and disease.
  • A basic and applied model of the body-mind system.

Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation provides a wealth of theoretical insights into self-regulation, with great potential for future applications for improving self-regulation in everyday life settings, including education, work, health, and interpersonal relationships. The book highlights a host of exciting new ideas and directions and is sure to provoke a great deal of thought and discussion among researchers, practitioners, and graduate-level students in psychology, education, neuroscience, medicine, and behavioral economics.


affect and cognition affective neuroscience autonomic nervous system measures biofeedback biopsychology drug abuse electrocortical measures evolutionary psychology genetics, personality and self-regulation goal pursuit mediation neurobiological processes neuroendocrinology neuroimaging overeacting psychophysiology self awareness self-regulation social neuroscience

Editors and affiliations

  • Guido H.E. Gendolla
    • 1
  • Mattie Tops
    • 2
  • Sander L. Koole
    • 3
  1. 1.Geneva Motivation Lab, FPSE Department of PsychologyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PsychologyVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Clinical PsychologyVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1235-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1236-0
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