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Overview

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 disparate fields. 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 latest neuroscientific 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 other disorders 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 a reference for more experienced graduate students and scientists from fields such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book provides an intriguing journey through the mechanisms of pleasure in the brain. It not only shows what has been done in a concise and current manner, but also reveals the infinite potential of this field from bench science to clinical applications. If the quality of this book is any indication of the future of the field, it has an impressive beginning."—Doody's

"...a reference book for anyone working as a neuroscientist, psychologist, psychiatrist,
neurologist, or neurosurgeon, pester your library to buy a copy..."—British Neuroscience Association Bulletin

"Without a doubt, Pleasures of the Brain provides a comprehensive compilation of what is currently known about hedonic processing in the brain. This book would be both enjoyable and useful for researchers and graduate students from various fields (psychology,
neuroscience, medicine) who are interested in the physiology, behavioral outcomes, and clinical implications of pleasure. —PsycCRITIQUES

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Pleasure is at the heart of psychological well-being and is one of two components (along with accomplishment) targeted in certain treatments of psychological disorders. However, this is a relatively ignored but fertile area for research and clinical applications. This book is a first step in sowing the seeds of interest in this area of affective neuroscience.
Purpose: The primary aim of this book is to provide an introduction to students and researchers new to this area and to stimulate further interest in the field.
Audience: In addition to students of psychology and the neurosciences, researchers and clinicians new to the area also may find this book helpful for grasping the field at a glance. The editors and authors represent a multinational collaboration.
Features: This book focuses on the three areas of animal pleasure, human pleasure, and clinical applications. To begin however, the authors provide free-form responses to theoretical and philosophical questions that are convoluted, filled with circular logic, and leave readers confused. Nevertheless, the first section is a vast improvement and delves into exciting topics, such as pleasure circuits and loops, hedonistic hotspots, conditioned reinforcement, and risky decision-making in animals. The next section on human pleasure continues this fascinating journey with discussions of the sensory experiences of pleasure, from smell to taste to somatosensory stimulation. The subject of sexual pleasure is covered with functional neuroimaging findings and the chapter steps through activation in each relevant brain section during orgasm. The evolutionary needs of pleasure are woven throughout. This is followed by a review of studies related to pleasure and psychological disorders, as well as the role various brain structures and neurotransmitters play in symptom presentation. Non-disease-related topics are also covered, such as the pleasure derived from music and art. The final section has very progressive information on the development of novel pharmacological agents and surgical techniques to treat various diseases where anhedonia or pain is central, given the analgesic properties of pleasure. The high quality of the figures and illustrations greatly adds to the value of the text. The references are current and some chapters even cross-reference other chapters in the book, showing good integration.
Assessment: This book provides an intriguing journey through the mechanisms of pleasure in the brain. It not only shows what has been done in a concise and current manner, but also reveals the infinite potential of this field from bench science to clinical applications. If the quality of this book is any indication of the future of the field, it has an impressive beginning.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Christopher J. Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Pleasure is at the heart of psychological well-being and is one of two components (along with accomplishment) targeted in certain treatments of psychological disorders. However, this is a relatively ignored but fertile area for research and clinical applications. This book is a first step in sowing the seeds of interest in this area of affective neuroscience.
Purpose: The primary aim of this book is to provide an introduction to students and researchers new to this area and to stimulate further interest in the field.
Audience: In addition to students of psychology and the neurosciences, researchers and clinicians new to the area also may find this book helpful for grasping the field at a glance. The editors and authors represent a multinational collaboration.
Features: This book focuses on the three areas of animal pleasure, human pleasure, and clinical applications. To begin however, the authors provide free-form responses to theoretical and philosophical questions that are convoluted, filled with circular logic, and leave readers confused. Nevertheless, the first section is a vast improvement and delves into exciting topics, such as pleasure circuits and loops, hedonistic hotspots, conditioned reinforcement, and risky decision-making in animals. The next section on human pleasure continues this fascinating journey with discussions of the sensory experiences of pleasure, from smell to taste to somatosensory stimulation. The subject of sexual pleasure is covered with functional neuroimaging findings and the chapter steps through activation in each relevant brain section during orgasm. The evolutionary needs of pleasure are woven throughout. This is followed by a review of studies related to pleasure and psychological disorders, as well as the role various brain structures and neurotransmitters play in symptom presentation. Non-disease-related topics are also covered, such as the pleasure derived from music and art. The final section has very progressive information on the development of novel pharmacological agents and surgical techniques to treat various diseases where anhedonia or pain is central, given the analgesic properties of pleasure. The high quality of the figures and illustrations greatly adds to the value of the text. The references are current and some chapters even cross-reference other chapters in the book, showing good integration.
Assessment: This book provides an intriguing journey through the mechanisms of pleasure in the brain. It not only shows what has been done in a concise and current manner, but also reveals the infinite potential of this field from bench science to clinical applications. If the quality of this book is any indication of the future of the field, it has an impressive beginning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331028
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Series in Affective Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,250,847
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Neuroscience Program at the University of Michigan.

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