Neuroscience : BOOK, “The Emotional Life of Your Brain”

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them

By Sharon Begley senior health and science correspondent,Reuters; author of “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain”; and the co-author (with Jeffrey Schwartz) of “The Mind and the Brain.”

Richard Davidson professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Neuropsychologist Richard Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley explain how your brain chemistry affects the way you think, feel and live – and whether you can change your emotional style. Many neuroscientists used to believe that thinking and emotions run on separate brain circuitry. But new studies using neuroimaging have challenged conventional notions about the brain’s role in emotions. Davidson has identified distinct emotional styles and their connection to patterns of activity throughout the brain. Locating the bases of emotion partly in the brain’s seat of reason implies people have a greater ability to change than was once thought. In their new book, Davidson and Begley argue that we can retrain our brains so that we can become more resilient, less negative and, possibly, happier. The science behind emotions.

Take A Quiz From “The Emotional Life Of Your Brain:”

“Depending on whom we are interacting with and in what circumstances, there are different rules and expectations—for interactions with close friends, people you know only slightly, family members, coworkers, or superiors. In the lab, we measure this dimension by determining how emotional behavior varies with social context.  …  “                >>>>

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