The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life

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Simon and Schuster, 2015 M09 22 - 384 pages
What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, hate, anger, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? Do animals have emotions? How can traumatic experiences in early childhood influence adult behavior, even though we have no conscious memory of them? In The Emotional Brain, Joseph LeDoux investigates the origins of human emotions and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive.

One of the principal researchers profiled in Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, LeDoux is a leading authority in the field of neural science. In this provocative book, he explores the brain mechanisms underlying our emotions -- mechanisms that are only now being revealed.
 

Contents

PREFACE
9
SOULS ON ICE
22
BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS
42
THE HOLY GRAIL
73
THE WAY WE WERE
104
A FEW DEGREES OF SEPARATION
138
REMEMBRANCE OF EMOTIONS PAST
179
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
225
ONCE MORE WITH FEELINGS
267
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Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. He has been awarded both a Merit Award and a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. He lives in New York City.

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