Pleasures of the Brain

Hardcover | August 23, 2009

byMorten L. Kringelbach, Kent C. Berridge

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Pleasure is fundamental to well-being and the quality of life, but until recently, was barely explored by science. Current research on pleasure has brought about ground-breaking developments on several fronts, and new data on pleasure and the brain have begun to converge from many disparatefields. The time is ripe to present these important findings in a single volume, and so Morten Kringelbach and Kent Berridge have brought together the leading researchers to provides a comprehensive review of our current scientific understanding of pleasure. The authors present their latestneuroscientific research into pleasure, describing studies on the brain's role in pleasure and reward in animals and humans, including brain mechanisms, neuroimaging data, and psychological analyses, as well as how their findings have been applied to clinical problems, such as depression and otherdisorders of hedonic well-being. To clarify the differences between their views, the researchers also provide short answers to a set of fundamental questions about pleasure and its relation to the brain. This book is intended to serve as both a starting point for readers new to the field, and as areference for more experienced graduate students and scientists from fields such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery.

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Pleasure is fundamental to well-being and the quality of life, but until recently, was barely explored by science. Current research on pleasure has brought about ground-breaking developments on several fronts, and new data on pleasure and the brain have begun to converge from many disparatefields. The time is ripe to present these impo...

Morten L. Kringelbach, DPhil, is the Director of the Trygfonden Research Group and holds a dual appointment at the University of Oxford, UK, and Aarhus University, Denmark, where he is a Senior Research Fellow and a Professor of Neuroscience, respectively. Kent C. Berridge, PhD, is Professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscien...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 7.01 × 10.12 × 0.91 inPublished:August 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Morten L. Kringelbach and Kent C. Berridge: Introduction: The Many Faces of PleasurePart I: Animal Pleasures1. Kyle S. Smith, Stephen V. Mahler, Susana Pecina, Kent C. Berridge: Hedonic Hotspots: Generating Sensory Pleasure in the Brain2. Kathryn A Burke, Theresa Franz, Danielle Miller and Geoffrey Schoenbaum: Conditioned Reinforcement and the Specialized Role of Corticolimbic Circuits in the Pursuit of Happiness and Other More Specific Rewards3. J. Wayne Aldridge and Kent C. Berridge: Neural Coding of Pleasure: "Rose-tinted Glasses" of the Ventral Pallidum4. Anthony Dickinson and Bernard Balleine: Hedonics: The Cognitive-Motivational Interface5. Karli K. Watson, Stephen V. Shepherd, and Michael L. Platt: Neuroethology of PleasurePart II: Human Pleasures6. Nico Frijda: On the Nature and Function of Pleasure7. Michel Cabanac: The Dialectics of Pleasure8. Jay Gottfried: Neuroimaging of Olfaction9. Maria Veldhuizen, Kristin Rudenga and Dana Small: The Pleasure of Taste, Flavor and Food10. Barry R. Komisaruk, Beverly Whipple and Carlos Beyer: Sexual Pleasure11. Janniko R. Georgiadis and Rudie Kortekaas: The Sweetest Taboo: Functional Neurobiology of Human Sexuality in relation to Pleasure12. Morten L. Kringelbach: The Hedonic Brain: A Functional Neuroanatomy of Human Pleasure13. Marco Leyton: The Neurobiology of Desire: Dopamine and the Regulation of Mood and Motivational States in Humans14. Jonathan Schooler and Iris Mauss: To Be Happy and To Know It: The Meta-awareness of Pleasure15. Peter Vuust and Morten Kringelbach: The Pleasure of Music16. Martin Skov: NeuroaestheticsPart III: Clinical Applications17. Predrag Petrovic: Placebo Analgesia and the Brain18. Alex Green, Erlick Pereira and Tipu Aziz: Deep Brain Stimulation and Pleasure19. Siri Leknes and Irene Tracey: Pleasure and Pain: Masters of Mankind