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xv, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • The search for emotion's "fingerprints"
  • Emotions are constructed
  • The myth of universal emotions
  • The origin of feeling
  • Concepts, goals, and words
  • How the brain makes emotions
  • Emotions as social reality
  • A new view of human nature
  • Mastering your emotions
  • Emotion and illness
  • Emotion and the law
  • Is a growling dog angry?
  • From brain to mind : the new frontier.
"A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind. Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology--ans this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, meditation, and even airport security. Why do emotions feel automatic? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • The stuff of thought
  • Consciousness enters the lab
  • Fathoming unconscious depths
  • What is consciousness good for?
  • The signatures of a conscious thought
  • Theorizing consciousness
  • The ultimate test
  • The future of consciousness.
"A breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brain How does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before. In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions. The emerging theory enables a test of consciousness in animals, babies, and those with severe brain injuries. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, Consciousness and the Brain will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
ix, 268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Part I: The Theory -- Chapter 1: The magic trick -- Chapter 2: Introducing the theory -- Chapter 3: Awareness as information -- Chapter 4: Being aware versus knowing that you are aware -- Chapter 5: The attention schema -- Chapter 6: Illusions and myths -- Chapter 7: Social attention -- Chapter 8: How do I distinguish my awareness from yours? -- Chapter 9: Some useful complexities -- Part II: Comparison to previous theories and results -- Chapter 10: Social theories of consciousness -- Chapter 11: Consciousness as integrated information -- Chapter 12: Neural correlates of consciousness -- Chapter 13: Awareness and the machinery for social perception -- Chapter 14: The neglect syndrome -- Chapter 15: Multiple interlocking functions of the brain area TPJ -- Chapter 16: Simulating other minds -- Chapter 17: Some spiritual matters -- Chapter 18: Explaining the magic trick.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199928644 20160612
What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? In Consciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. The human brain has evolved a complex circuitry that allows it to be socially intelligent. This social machinery has only just begun to be studied in detail. One function of this circuitry is to attribute awareness to others: to compute that person Y is aware of thing X. In Graziano's theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199928644 20160612
Green Library