Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux

Where do emotions come from? That's the topic of this in-depth book written by neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux. While not as breezy as the Gladwellian inspired science books of recent years, this is a very thorough look at a complex topic and it details how the research is being done in the lab. I'm a bit more than halfway through it, and I only read a chapter or two at a sitting. This was another one of my "Clearance Section" finds, and it does not disappoint.

"What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, hate, anger, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? Do animals have emotions? How can traumatic experiences in early childhood influence adult behavior, even though we have no conscious memory of them? In The Emotional Brain, Joseph LeDoux investigates the origins of human emotions and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive.
One of the principal researchers profiled in Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, LeDoux is a leading authority in the field of neural science. In this provocative book, he explores the brain mechanisms underlying our emotions -- mechanisms that are only now being revealed."

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