Positive Neuroscience

Hardcover | June 21, 2016

EditorJoshua D. Greene, India Morrison, Martin E. P. Seligman

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How do we thrive in our behaviors and experiences? Positive neuroscience research illuminates the brain mechanisms that enable human flourishing. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation's Positive Neuroscience Project, which Martin E. P. Seligman established in 2008, Positive Neuroscienceprovides an intersection between neuroscience and positive psychology.In this edited volume, leading researchers describe the neuroscience of social bonding, altruism, and the capacities for resilience and creativity. Part I (Social Bonds) describes the mechanisms that enable humans to connect with one another. Part II (Altruism) focuses on the neural mechanismsunderlying the human ability and willingness to confer costly benefits on others. Part III (Resilience and Creativity) examines the mechanisms by which human brains overcome adversity, create, and discover. Specific topics include: a newly discovered nerve type that appears to be specialized foremotional communication; the effects of parenting on the male brain; how human altruism differs from that of other primates; the neural features of extraordinary altruists who have donated kidneys to strangers; and distinctive patterns of brain wiring that endow some people with exceptional musicalabilities. Accessible to a broad academic audience, from advanced undergraduates to senior scholars, these subjects have generated a fascinating and highly convergent set of ideas and results, shaping our understanding of human nature.

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How do we thrive in our behaviors and experiences? Positive neuroscience research illuminates the brain mechanisms that enable human flourishing. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation's Positive Neuroscience Project, which Martin E. P. Seligman established in 2008, Positive Neuroscienceprovides an intersection between neuroscience...

Joshua D. Greene, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, a member of the Center for Brain Science faculty, and the director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University. India Morrison, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linkoping University, Sweden, and co-founder of the Group for Rese...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:June 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This is a terrific edited work. The editors and contributors are excellent, and the volume is well organized and covers the right topics. I think that this will be a benchmark in the field." --Stephen G. Post, PhD, Professor of Bioethics, Stony Brook University and author of Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research (OUP 2007)