Affective Neuroscience

1 03 2012

Affective neuroscience is an interdisciplinary research field which combines neuroscience with the psychological study of personality, emotion, and mood and is aimed to study the neural mechanisms of emotions.

One of the most influential researchers in this field is Jaak Panksepp (I had the privilige to hear his lecture in his last visit in Israel) that wrote the book Affective Neuroscience; one of the most important contributions to understanding the biology of emotions since Darwins The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. This book provides information about the brain-operating systems that organize the fundamental emotional tendencies of all mammals. Presenting complex material in a readable manner, the book offers a comprehensive summary of the fundamental neural sources of human and animal feelings, as well as a conceptual framework for studying emotional systems of the brain.

Given that this book was  published more a decade ago (a new book is in the oven..), here is a more up-to-date presentation of Panksepp approach on Affective Neuroscience. Enjoy!