" The addiction field needs a fresh approach.... it will be a 'first.'"
(David M. Warburton 2005-07-06)"This book has the potential to pull together an important emerging area of research, frame the issues and future questions, and help develop ideas regarding prevention/intervention implications of this research. The addiction field has been moving in the direction of implicit cognition for some time, and I think that this volume has the potential to be the seminal contribution to the area."
(Kenneth Leonard 2005-07-06)"I believe the need for such a compendium of research in this relatively new field is fully justified….The goal and scope of the text is consistent with my own views of where the field needs to go….The editors have done an excellent job in assembling a world-class list of contributors."
(Jon D. Kassel 2005-07-06)"The editors have done a good job thinking of ways to make their volume distinctive….with the potential to wield a lasting impact on a field of immense social importance…Like the editors, I have a sense that important advances in our understanding of addictions will come from research that follows this handbook's title."
(Raymond Klein 2005-07-06)
"I think the time is absolutely ripe for this book. The theories and methods of implicit cognition seem ideally suited to tap into the actual mechanisms of addiction, which involve low-level, unconscious cognitive processes that interact heavily with biological affective-motivational processes….the book is the first to synthesize this new, interdisciplinary field."
(Piotr Winkielman 2005-07-06)"I think the integration of implicit cognition and addiction is a novel idea for a handbook and one that is needed given the increasing rate of research using implicit measures to understand the processes involved in addictive behaviors."
(Alan Marlatt & Brian Ostafin 2005-07-06)"There is increasing interest in understanding the complexities of drug craving. The studies in this book probe beneath the surface of subjective ratings with sensitive measures of implicit craving, detecting important processes underlying decisions addicts make about drug use. Many researchers in addiction will find these analyses of the role of implicit processes in addiction valuable and timely."
(Kent Berridge 2005-07-06)"At more than 500 pages, with 34 chapters in seven sections, it is definitely a Handbook with a capital H. The editors have done a great job of rounding up the usual suspects who publish on these topics. They have also chosen excellent contributors whose previous work is more immersed in cognition than in addiction. The book is thorough and appreciative of history but remains focused on cutting-edge topic."
(Mitch Earleywine Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
2006-10-30)"This book is a valuable source for both researchers and practitioners who are either familiar or unfamiliar with implicit cognition and addiction"
—Emmanuel Kuntsche, ALCALA
(Emmanuel Kuntsche Oxford University Press
About the Author
Reinout W. Wiers is Research Associate Professor at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He received his Masters in Psychonomics (experimental psychology and psychophysiology) at the University of Amsterdam (1992, with honors) and his PhD (1998, with honors) at the University of Amsterdam on cognitive and neuropsychological indicators of enhanced risk for alcoholism. He has published many articles in international journals on addiction research and in cognitive science. Dr. Wiers and colleagues were the first to apply the implicit assocation test to alcohol abuse and are currently focusing on theory, assessment and practical applications of implicit drug-related cognitions, with a grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (N.W.O. Vidi-grant). He is collaborating with Alan W. Stacy of the University of Southern California in an international project (N.W.O.-Addiction and N.I.D.A.) on implicit cognition and prevention in high-risk youth.
Alan Stacy received his doctorate in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside (1986) and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. Alan Stacy applies findings from basic research on cognitive neuroscience and memory to health behavior, including alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamine, and other drug use, HIV risk behavior, and dietary habits. He was one of the first researchers to apply basic research on implicit and automatic processing to health behavior, and the first to co-author a book on the topic (with R. Wiers). He has been principal investigator of a large NIH research center and NIH-funded projects applying this approach to diverse populations of high-risk adolescents, adult drug offenders, and college students. He also has applied the approach to the study of media effects. His most recent research evaluates neurocognitive dual-process models of health behavior in the US and the Netherlands, testing the effects of interactions between implicit memory systems and more deliberative (executive) systems. He also collaborates on research investigating the neural basis of links among associative memory, executive processes, and health behavior. He teaches research methods and theories of health behavior and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and two books.