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Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion (Series in Affective Science)

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ISBN-10: 0195155920
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"[A]n outstanding book on current research on the neurobiology of emotion. Edited and authored by internationally recognized researchers, this book is an exceptionally valuable contribution to this field. The purpose, according to the editors, is to document the current understanding of how emotion is instantiated in the brain; and to encourage the cognitive neuroscientific study of emotion, which, they claim, has not until recently been studied within this framework. The intended audience is . . . workers in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology. It is also appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. . . . The chapters are written by well-known authors, such as Darnasio, Kolb, Ledoux, Trenel, Heilman, Davidson, among others. . . . This is an extremely valuable book on the neurological basis of emotion. Researchers as well as clinicians will, without a doubt, benefit from reading and referring to this book."--Doody's Electronic Journal

"Mostly American, with a few European and Canadian, neuroscientists demonstrate how the rather messy topic of emotion can be studied within their discipline without compromising its scientific principles and practices. They cover the process of emotion generation, the functions of the amygdala, the conscious experience of emotion, and emotion regulation and dysfunction. They also review recent findings from the neuro-anatomical study of rats and non-human primates. The collection is intended as an introduction for practitioners and graduate and undergraduate students of neuroscience, cognitive science, or psychology."--SciTech Book News

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Richard D. Lane and Lynn Nadel are both at University of Arizona.


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Product Details

  • Series: Series in Affective Science
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195155920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195155921
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Camara on July 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Emotion had been largely ignored in cognitive neuroscience until some year ago (with LeDoux, Damasio, Panksepp leading the way) Now, there are various attempts to restore emotion as a very important and fruitfull line of research. Cognition cannot be understood stripped of emotion. This book is a collection of the many issues in affective neuroscience. There are various papers dealing with its neuronal correlates, its place in the cognitive hierarchy, with value, its conscious expression, among many other things. Emotion is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, and cognitive neuroscience is trying to explain it from many prespectives. This book is the culmination of these attempts. Must-read for anyone interested in emotion and neuroscience.
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Psychology is no longer a substantial mean by which emotion can be explained thus a new view on emotion based on neuroscience is necessary and substantiated by this book. Interestingly, select parts of famous emotional theories proposed by people such as Freud, Darwin, Pavlov, and Piaget have been found to have some validity; even more surprisingly has been the discovery of a neural basis for social phenomena such as sex differences in emotional processing and subliminal messaging. While there were a few times I felt like I had to stop reading because of information overload or boredom, I cannot think of a better book that describes the research and developments pertaining to the neuroscience of emotion. There probably have been a large amount of breakthroughs since the book was written in 2000, yet I believe this book still offers an intriguing and extensive review of this field.

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This book is recommended for readers who are at least familiar with neuroscience though I recommended this book for readers who understand the fundamentals of neuroscience. The book is a volume of scholarly reviews and thus the complexity of the material and reading level of the chapters are appropriate for such literary works; however, individual chapters are so well written that readers who struggle a little with reading reviews will be pleased that the the authors convey their ideas in an easily understood manner. Unless you are already well versed in this field, reading the book a chapter at a time is recommended since the chapters are compact and contain tons of information.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kotoschov on December 20, 2010
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For those who are interested in the purely cognitive aspect of emotion, almost without any cultural, clinical, pathological or otherwise unrelated aspects. It's a compendium of studies using behavioural, neuropsychological and neuroimaging methodologies, which ventures forth into the deep and mysterious limbic system, the driving system of our mind. I believe this textbook, although written now a decade ago, is better than the newer texts on the subject (as a cognitive science text), since it's the only one I know which cuts all the non-cognitive approaches.
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