Affective neuroscience: The foundations of human and animal emotions

Type: Book

Title: Affective neuroscience: The foundations of human and animal emotions

Author: Panksepp, Jaak

Year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: Oxford
Country: UK

ISBN: 0-19-509673-8
Type: hardcover
ISBN pages: xiii 466

ISBN: 0-19-517805-X
Type: paperback
ISBN pages:0 466


(from cover) 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 emotions.
In Affective Neuroscience, (the author) summarizes how the brain-operating systems 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 implinations 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 sul^le anodoos 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, integrating animal and human perspectives, is one of the most important contributions to understanding the biology of emotions since Darwin


Author's institution: Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in psychobiology, Bowling Green State University
Language: English
Country origin: USA

Entry number: 2927
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Entry source: Courtenay Young
Entered by: Courtenay Young
Entry date: 2 October 2004

Key Phrases: Emotions - Cognition - Social Aspects - Psychobiology - Comparative Psychology - Neuroscience
References: Appenices, Notes to pages, Author Index, Subject Index
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