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The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) [NOOK Book]

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A look at the seven emotional systems of the brain by the researcher who discovered them.


What makes us happy? What makes us sad? How do we come to feel a sense of enthusiasm? What fills us with lust, anger, fear, or tenderness? Traditional behavioral and cognitive neuroscience have yet to provide satisfactory answers. The Archaeology of Mind presents an affective neuroscience approach—which takes into consideration basic mental processes, ...

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The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

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Overview

A look at the seven emotional systems of the brain by the researcher who discovered them.


What makes us happy? What makes us sad? How do we come to feel a sense of enthusiasm? What fills us with lust, anger, fear, or tenderness? Traditional behavioral and cognitive neuroscience have yet to provide satisfactory answers. The Archaeology of Mind presents an affective neuroscience approach—which takes into consideration basic mental processes, brain functions, and emotional behaviors that all mammals share—to locate the neural mechanisms of emotional expression. It reveals—for the first time—the deep neural sources of our values and basic emotional feelings.


This book elaborates on the seven emotional systems that explain how we live and behave. These systems originate in deep areas of the brain that are remarkably similar across all mammalian species. When they are disrupted, we find the origins of emotional disorders:


- SEEKING: how the brain generates a euphoric and expectant response


- FEAR: how the brain responds to the threat of physical danger and death


- RAGE: sources of irritation and fury in the brain


- LUST: how sexual desire and attachments are elaborated in the brain


- CARE: sources of maternal nurturance


- GRIEF: sources of non-sexual attachments


- PLAY: how the brain generates joyous, rough-and-tumble interactions


- SELF: a hypothesis explaining how affects might be elaborated in the brain


The book offers an evidence-based evolutionary taxonomy of emotions and affects and, as such, a brand-new clinical paradigm for treating psychiatric disorders in clinical practice.

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The book will be of special interest to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, but it is also accessible to students, parents, educators, and animal behaviorists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393707311
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 690,802
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jaak Panksepp, PhD, is the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University, and the Head of Northwestern University's Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics.
Lucy Biven trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London, and has served as Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Leicestershire National Health Service in England. She is currently a reader for the Journal of Neuropsychoanalysis.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Daniel J. Siegel xxv

Chapter 1 Ancestral Passions 1

Chapter 2 The Evolution of Affective Consciousness: Studying Emotional Feelings in Other Animals 47

Chapter 3 The SEEKING System: Brain Sources of Eager Anticipation, Desire, Euphoria, and the Quest for Everything 95

Chapter 4 The Ancestral Sources of RAGE 145

Chapter 5 The Ancestral Roots of FEAR 175

Chapter 6 Beyond Instincts: Learning and the Affective Foundations of Memory 203

Chapter 7 LUSTful Passions of the Mind: From Reproductive Urges to Romantic Love 245

Chapter 8 Nurturing Love: The CARE System 283

Chapter 9 Born to Cry: The PANIC/GRIEF System and the Genesis of Life-Sustaining Social Bonds 311

Chapter 10 PLAYful Dreamlike Circuits of the Brain: The Ancestral Sources of Social Joy and Laughter 351

Chapter 11 Toward a Neurobiology of the Soul: The Core SELF and the Genesis of Primary-Process Feelings 389

Chapter 12 Brain Emotional Systems and Affective Qualities of Mental Life: From Animal Affects to Human Psychotherapeutics 425

Chapter 13 Philosophical Reflections and Complaints: Can We Go From Mice to Men and Back Again? 475

References 501

Index 547

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