The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them

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Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated audiobook, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions—their origins, ...

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Overview

Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated audiobook, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions—their origins, their power, and their malleability.

Davidson has discovered that each of us is composed of six basic “Emotional Styles”: Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Our own personal emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the patterns of brain activity that underlie each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to determine our own Emotional Style and to change our own brains and emotions—if that is what we want to do.

Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting audiobook gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

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Davidson (Univ. of Wisconsin's Keck Laboratory) and Begley (Reuter's senior health and science correspondent) take readers through Davidson's discovery of, and research on, what he calls "the six dimensions of emotional style." Mixing personal narrative with effective neuroscience, Davidson makes a case that it is possible to change our brains through mental activity alone. Narrated well by Arthur Morey, the audiobook discusses each emotional style in depth, providing self-tests along the way, then suggests exercises to change our brains and consequently our emotional styles. VERDICT Recommended for those looking to alter their behavior more than readers with an interest in neuroscience. [The Hudson Street hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501232879
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/13/2015
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Sales rank: 732,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Davidson is a professor and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Scientific Quest xi

Chapter 1 One Brain Does Not Fit All 1

Chapter 2 The Discovery of Emotional Style 13

Chapter 3 Assessing Your Emotional Style 43

Chapter 4 The Brain Basis of Emotional Style 67

Chapter 5 How Emotional Style Develops 91

Chapter 6 The Mind-Brain-Body Connection, or How Emotional Style Influences Health 113

Chapter 7 Normal and Abnormal, and When "Different" Becomes Pathological 137

Chapter 8 The Plastic Brain 161

Chapter 9 Coming Out of the Closet 177

Chapter 10 The Monk in the Machine 199

Chapter 11 Rewired, or Neurally Inspired Exercises to Change Your Emotional Style 225

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 259

Index 273

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