In his review of David Brooks's book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, John Kihlstrom states:
It is one of the signal failures of our field that it largely ignored emotion until only just recently. For most of the 19th century, psychology was focused almost exclusively on problems of sensation and perception (itself a legacy, by the way, of the British Enlightenment). The Cannon–Bard theory (e.g., Cannon, 1932) encouraged us to define emotion solely in terms of undifferentiated physiological arousal in response to threat, and then radical behaviorism ruled emotion, as well as cognition, out of bounds altogether.Do psychologists (of all specialties) now pay sufficient attention to emotion? Further, have we sufficiently integrated emotion into our current research on automatic/unconscious processes (another important issue in Brooks's book)? Does the general public have a good understanding of the role of emotion based on our research?
By John F. Kihlstrom
PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(33)