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What is this thing called pleasure?

Anjan Chatterjee

in The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199811809
eISBN:
9780199369546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0011
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

The sheer variety of objects that give us pleasure raises questions. These questions are similar to the ones we asked about beauty. Is it there a common currency for all pleasures? Is there a ... More


The Power of Planning: Self-Control by Effective Goal-striving

Peter M. Gollwitzer, Caterina Gawrilow, and Gabriele Oettingen

in Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195391381
eISBN:
9780199776894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391381.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology

As highlighted by Kurt Lewin, goal attainment is not yet secured solely by forming strong commitments to highly desirable and feasible goals. There is always the subsequent issue of implementing a ... More


Getting Our Act Together: Toward a General Model of Self-Control

Eran Magen and James J. Gross

in Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195391381
eISBN:
9780199776894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391381.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology

Research on self-control has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past few decades, as researchers from a variety of disciplines have tested different self-control techniques in different domains of ... More


Seeing the Big Picture: A Construal Level Analysis of Self-Control

Kentaro Fujita, Yaacov Trope, and Nira Liberman

in Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195391381
eISBN:
9780199776894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391381.003.0022
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology

People frequently make decisions and act in a manner contrary to their goals and values. These self-control failures are widely prevalent, troubling, and implicated in some of the most pressing ... More


The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare

Heather Hirschfeld

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452741
eISBN:
9780801470639
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452741.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book recovers the historical specificity and the conceptual vigor of the term “satisfaction” during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Focusing on the term's significance as an ... More


The Culture of Contentment

John Kenneth Galbraith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691171654
eISBN:
9781400889020
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171654.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

The world has become increasingly separated into the haves and have nots. This book shows how a contented class—not the privileged few but the socially and economically advantaged majority—defend ... More


Drawing possible lessons for obesity prevention and control from the tobacco-control experience 1

Shawna L. Mercer, Laura K. Khan, Lawrence W. Green, Abby C. Rosenthal, Rose Nathan, Corinne G. Husten, and William H. Dietz

in Obesity Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199571512
eISBN:
9780191595097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0016
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health, Epidemiology

While tobacco-control experts in many developed countries announce remarkable reductions in tobacco consumption, nutrition and physical activity experts in these same countries bemoan the growing ... More


String Play with Regular Expressions

Mark D. LeBlanc and Betsey Dexter Dyer

in Perl for Exploring DNA

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195305890
eISBN:
9780199773862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305890.003.04
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

This chapter describes some hurdles, which can be overcome, so that the pattern matching syntax of regular expressions (‘regex’) can be used immediately. It also presents some surprisingly relevant ... More


Accounting for Backsliding: Background and More

Alfred R. Mele

in Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199896134
eISBN:
9780199949533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896134.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter sketches a theoretical and empirical framework that sheds light on how the occurrence of core weak-willed actions may be accounted for, if they occur. On the theoretical side, the ... More


The Shape of the Action

Martin Meisel

in How Plays Work: Reading and Performance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199215492
eISBN:
9780191695957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215492.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Seeing the play take shape is part of the progressive experience and part of our pleasure and engagement. There is gratification for the beholder as completion confirms anticipation. For that very ... More


The American Automobile Frenzy of the 1950s

Avner Offer

in The Challenge of Affluence

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199216628
eISBN:
9780191696015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216628.003.0009
Subject:
History, Economic History

This chapter looks into the American automobile frenzy in the 1950s. Even more so than household appliances, motor cars are shiny, expensive, long-lasting durables. Yet in the marketing of motor cars ... More


Shame and Guilt: Self-Interest and Morality

Michael Stocker

in Morality and Self-Interest

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305845
eISBN:
9780199851539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305845.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle would agree on three propositions: genuine virtue represents a kind of second nature, a result of education such that patterns of choice become natural and predictable ... More


Exercising Self‐Control: A Motivational Problem

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150438
eISBN:
9780199869091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150430.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Offers a resolution of a puzzle about the possibility of exercising self‐control in support of one's doing what one judges best when one's desire for that course of action is weaker than one's desire ... More


On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America

Brian P. Luskey

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814752289
eISBN:
9780814753484
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814752289.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the bustling cities of the mid-nineteenth-century Northeast, young male clerks working in commercial offices and stores were on the make, persistently seeking wealth, respect, and ... More


The Evolution of Self-Control

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199778232
eISBN:
9780199897261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter offers an account of the evolution of self-control. The capacity for self-control tends to increase as people grow older. Individual differences in self-control have been found to be ... More


Contracts of Intellectual Gratification – A Louisiana-Scotland Creation

Vernon Valentine Palmer

in Mixed Jurisdictions Compared: Private Law in Louisiana and Scotland

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638864
eISBN:
9780748651443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638864.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter examines the development contracts of intellectual gratification in Scotland and Louisiana and shows that moral damages ex contractu play an unappreciated role in the protection of ... More


Novel romantic reality: ‘You've got to take the bitter with the sweet’

Aaron Ben-Zéev and Ruhama Goussinsky

in In The Name of Love: Romantic ideology and its victims

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198566496
eISBN:
9780191693595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566496.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

If one wishes to avoid the very high cost of invasive romantic partnerships, one needs to make compromises and accommodations which are already widely practiced in modern society. This chapter lists ... More


* A balanced psychology and a full life

Martin E.P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks, and Tracy Steen

in The Science of Well-Being

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198567523
eISBN:
9780191693670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter provides a brief overview of American psychology and its history. The goals of studying genius and talent and making relatively untroubled people happy took a backseat to the goal of ... More


Introduction: An Unexpected Journey

Tim Clydesdale

in The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226110653
eISBN:
9780226110677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226110677.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Education

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to make sense of the first year out, for various sorts of teens, who head off into various settings, and who thus discover ... More


Appreciated, but Misunderstood

Marilynn B. Brewer

in Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199778188
eISBN:
9780190256043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Marilynn B. Brewer discusses three of her studies: the first she considers her most underappreciated work, the second received a delayed appreciation, and the third is appreciated but misunderstood. ... More


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