Emotion: Pleasure and Pain in the Brain

Paperback | January 23, 2014

byMorten L. Kringelbach, Helen Phillips

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Emotions are often seen as an intrinsic part of what makes us human; they underpin how we feel about ourselves, and our interactions with others. New discoveries continue to reveal more about how emotion translates into brain activity - what is actually happening in our brains to make us"feel" the way we do. They are also illuminating our understanding of dysfunctional emotions - the emotional basis of addiction, or the maladaptive emotional behaviors that characterize our difficult, and sometimes pathological, relationship with food. Emotion presents the fundamental principles of the neural mechanisms underlying emotional processing as well as reviewing our current scientific understanding of pleasure and emotion. The book takes the reader from everyday conceptions of pleasure and emotion through to the latest insights into thenature and functions of emotions at the interface of psychology and neuroscience, before exploring topics such as the nature of subjective experience and future possibilities including emotions in silico. Throughout, the book focuses on the principles of reward systems in the brain and its links with mainstream psychology, helping the reader to understand the function and nature of emotion and pleasure, and its relevance to the rest of psychology. In addition, it also offers a clear understanding offundamental topics such as the social emotions, individual emotions and the role of emotion and pleasure in decision making. The book also encourages the reader to achieve a better understanding of emotional disorders, which are central to clinical psychology and the treatment of a range of psychiatric disorders.Emotion is the ideal guide for any student wanting a clear, contemporary introduction to this complex yet fascinating subject. Online Resource CentreFor registered adopters of the book:* Figures from the book in electronic format* A series of Journal Clubs - suggested papers and discussion questions related to topics featured in the book

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Emotions are often seen as an intrinsic part of what makes us human; they underpin how we feel about ourselves, and our interactions with others. New discoveries continue to reveal more about how emotion translates into brain activity - what is actually happening in our brains to make us"feel" the way we do. They are also illuminating...

Morten L. Kringelbach, D.Phil., is the director of the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group - a transnational research group based in both Oxford, UK and Aarhus, Denmark. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and a Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as Senior Research Fellow an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:January 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199593491

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing emotions2. A brief history of emotions3. Individual emotions4. Social emotional development5. The nature of emotions: pleasure and pain6. Emotion and cognition7. Emotional disorders8. The future of emotions9. How do we know? Methods for emotion research