Emotion and decision-making explained

Hardcover | December 5, 2013

byEdmund T. Rolls

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What produces emotions? Why do we have emotions? How do we have emotions? Why do emotional states feel like something? What is the relation between emotion, and reward value, and subjective feelings of pleasure? How is the value of a good represented in the brain? Will neuroeconomics replaceclassical microeconomics? How does the brain implement decision-making? Are gene-defined rewards and emotions in the interests of the genes, and does rational multistep planning enable us to go beyond selfish genes to long-term plans and social contracts in the interests of the individual? This bookseeks explanations of emotion and decision-making by considering these questions. The topics covered include:* The nature of emotion, and a theory of emotion* The functions of emotion, including a Darwinian theory of the adaptive value of emotion, which helps to illuminate many aspects of brain design and behaviour* The brain mechanisms of emotion* Affective states and motivated behaviour: hunger and sexual behaviour* The pharmacology of emotion, and brain mechanisms for action* Neuroeconomics, and the foundation of economic value* Decision-making* Emotional feelings, and consciousness* Neural networks involved in emotionThe book will be valuable for those in the fields of neuroscience and neurology, psychology, psychiatry, and philosophy.

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What produces emotions? Why do we have emotions? How do we have emotions? Why do emotional states feel like something? What is the relation between emotion, and reward value, and subjective feelings of pleasure? How is the value of a good represented in the brain? Will neuroeconomics replaceclassical microeconomics? How does the brain ...

Professor Edmund T. Rolls performs full-time research at the Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience, and at the University of Warwick, and has acted as Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, and as Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His research links neurophysiological and computationa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.65 inPublished:December 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199659893

ISBN - 13:9780199659890

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Issues2. The Nature of Emotion3. The Functions of Emotion: Reward, punishment, and emotion in brain design4. The Brain Mechanisms Underlying Emotion5. Food Reward Value, Pleasure, Hunger, and Appetite6. Pharmacology of Emotion, Reward, and Addiction: The basal ganglia7. Sexual Behaviour, Reward, and Brain Function: Sexual selection of behaviour8. Decision-Making Mechanisms9. Neuroeconomics and Decision-Making10. Emotional Feelings and Consciousness: A theory of consciousness11. Conclusions and Broader IssuesA Neural Networks and Emotion-Related LearningB Decision-Making ModelsC GlossaryD Colour Plates

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Review from other book by this author: "It should be required reading for all students in behavioural neuroscience, and has sufficient breadth that many of its chapters will be of interest also to experts in neurology, psychology or philosophy." --Ralph Adolphs in Brain