Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

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Oxford University Press, USA, Sep 3, 1998 - Medical - 480 pages
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Some investigators have argued that emotions, especially animal emotions, are illusory concepts outside the realm of scientific inquiry. However, with advances in neurobiology and neuroscience, researchers are demonstrating that this position is wrong as they move closer to a lasting understanding of the biology and psychology of emotion. In Affective Neuroscience, Jaak Panksepp provides the most up-to-date information about the brain-operating systems that organize the fundamental emotional tendencies of all mammals. Presenting complex material in a readable manner, the book offers a comprehensive summary of the fundamental neural sources of human and animal feelings, as well as a conceptual framework for studying emotional systems of the brain. Panksepp approaches emotions from the perspective of basic emotion theory but does not fail to address the complex issues raised by constructionist approaches. These issues include relations to human consciousness and the psychiatric implications of this knowledge. The book includes chapters on sleep and arousal, pleasure and fear systems, the sources of rage and anger, and the neural control of sexuality, as well as the more subtle emotions related to maternal care, social loss, and playfulness. Representing a synthetic integration of vast amounts of neurobehavioral knowledge, including relevant neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry, this book will be one of the most important contributions to understanding the biology of emotions since Darwins The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

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Review: Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

A lucid overview of the neuroscience relating to emotion. I'll note that this is more of a textbook (I read it for a magazine article that I was writing) so it's a pretty weighty read. But for the depth of the subject matter, it's quite well done. Read full review

Review: Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

User Review  - Stanley Lippman - Goodreads

This book is foundational, but it is difficult neuroscience, so it is not for browsing. If you wish a higher level treatment, with all its generalities and opaqueness his recent The Archaeology of ... Read full review

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