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"A fascinating exploration into why we feel." -- Alexander Wheeler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

"Finally we have a comprehensive and most importantly, readable, book that deals with the biology of emotions." -- Robert Heims, M.D., Medical Journalist, KCG-TV

"For those interested in how the brain and body combine to bring about emotions, this is a most useful book." -- Michelle Knudson, M.D., Professor, UCLA

"Readers will undoubtedly be astonished by many of the recent discoveries being made and their practical applications." -- Thomas Redfield, Ph.D., Gabbard Institute for Psychiatry

a wonderfully lucid description of the problem and addresses many important issues in the development of mood, emotion, and personality. -- Choice Magazine

About the Author

Gene Wallenstein, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized neuroscientist and expert on the biology of emotions and their disorders. He is a frequent lecturer at international conferences and has been an invited speaker at major universities, colleges, and health organizations throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Wallenstein is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Brain Research Organization, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Educated at Harvard University and Florida Atlantic University, he is the recipient of major research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has authored more than fifty scholarly articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is the director of the Cognitive Neurobiology Institute in San Diego.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972060731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972060738
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Marr, M.D., Ph.D. on January 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book from a colleague (a psychologist) who has been recommending it to her patients. Like her, I found the book to be exceptional in every way - it is both fascinating and highly informative. The author has used a wide-ranging and richly integrative approach to the subject of human emotions, and the book is based on new research that has just been performed within the last five years or so. I was surprised by many of the more recent discoveries, particularly those that link childhood trauma to physiological changes in adult brain chemistry. Also exciting are the experiments that suggest new treatments for anxiety and affective disorders that emerge from these conditions. But even if readers are not interested in treatments, the book will be very engaging to those who simply want to grasp what modern science is now learning about human emotions. Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is written for the intelligent reader who wants to understand how different forms of stress alter immune function and emotions. The book stays true to the current scientific findings and at the same time, has the very nice feature of including sections for using the findings in practical ways. It's a fun read and will be very rewarding for those interested in learning about the science of mood and emotions.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Leo Stein on November 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an exceptional book. It is written for the popular reader, but provides such rich information (with great pictures) as to allow a real understanding of how stress, mood, and immune function interact in the body and brain. I work in this field, and it has expanded so rapidly in the last few years, with significant new discoveries nearly every month. It is refreshing to find a book on mood and stress that has kept pace with the scientific findings and gone beyond the talk show descriptions. This is an absolutely indispensable work for patients, clinicians, students, and teachers alike.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mind, Stress & Emotions: The New Science Of Mood by Gene Wallenstein (Neuroscience expert and Adjunct Professor, University of California - San Diego) provides the reader with an informative survey of all of the recent discoveries in brain science, immunology, and stress research, as well as new treatment strategies for mood and anxiety disorders. A well-rounded and thought-provoking examination of the science of human moods, written with technical descriptions yet phrased to accommodate and teach a non-specialist general reader about the workings of the brain, Mind, Stress & Emotions is strongly recommended for Psychology Studies reading lists and academic reference collections as an unusually informative, educational, and accessible survey.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Passionate Therapist on December 17, 2012
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The title of this book is tantalizing. I am deeply interested in all three elements: mind, stress and emotions. The author does not seem to be-rather he seems to assume that all readers agree on what they are and so he discusses chemistry (the non-controversial part)with very rudimentary nods to the effect of subjective experience or human satisfaction and suffering. The point of view is very detached. Also it is written in that mildly condescending tone of freshman textbooks.
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