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The emotional brain : the mysterious underpinnings of emotional life

By: Ledoux, Joseph

0753806703 / 9780753806708
Stock expected by 14/08/2020
20 cm 384 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.
* Emotional thinking and intelligence is a hot subject at present, as evidenced by the success of Daniel Goleman * 'Joseph LeDoux is a superb guide to that ultimate frontier in understanding our emotional life' Daniel Goleman * 'Emotion has thus been an embarrassment to experimenters, but LeDoux views himself as putting feeling back on to the agenda ... No reader can fail to be fascinated by his clear accounts of how primary emotional responses can be mapped upon distinctive segments of the brain' Roy Porter, The Times * 'LeDoux's enthralling book uncovers some of the hardwired mechanisms that

The Emotional Brain provides a cutting-edge scientific background to such books as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, showing that while cognitive studies have tended to ignore the emotions, we are increasingly understanding how crucial they are to our evolutionary survival, as shortcuts to cut through conscious reasoning when speed and rules-of-thumb are more important and effective than logic.

Much of our emotional life is lived unconsciously, and is far richer than simply our conscious feelings - for example, our conscious mind will already be reacting to situations of danger some time before we begin to be afraid.

Not only does LeDoux present a fascinating insight into how our emotions function normally, but also provides a new understanding of emotional disorders.


JMM Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology, VSP Popular psychology

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