Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love

Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love

What Neuroscience Can--and Can't--tell Us About How We Feel

Book - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
Neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto enters the restless realm of human emotion through the portals of physiology, genetics, history, art and philosophy. Anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy and love are anatomized in turn, enlivened with research on everything from the role of monoamine oxidase A in anger to the engagement of opioid receptors as we thrill to music. And who knew that surrealist Salvador Dali created an art installation in the shape of a giant caterpillar to explore the process of sedation?”
Nature

Is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel?


In this engaging account, renowned neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto blends cutting-edge scientific research with personal stories to reveal how our brains generate our emotions. He demonstrates that while modern science has expanded our knowledge, investigating art, literature, and philosophy is equally crucial to unraveling the brain’s secrets. What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than antidepressants? What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works? Structured in seven chapters encompassing common human emotionsanger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy, and loveJoy, Guilt, Anger, Love offers a way of thinking about science and art that will help us to more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.


Random House, Inc.
“Neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto enters the restless realm of human emotion through the portals of physiology, genetics, history, art and philosophy. Anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy and love are anatomized in turn, enlivened with research on everything from the role of monoamine oxidase A in anger to the engagement of opioid receptors as we thrill to music. And who knew that surrealist Salvador Dali created an art installation in the shape of a giant caterpillar to explore the process of sedation?”
—Nature
 
Is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel?


In this engaging account, renowned neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto blends cutting-edge scientific research with personal stories to reveal how our brains generate our emotions. He demonstrates that while modern science has expanded our knowledge, investigating art, literature, and philosophy is equally crucial to unraveling the brain’s secrets. What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than antidepressants? What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works? Structured in seven chapters encompassing common human emotions—anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy, and love—Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love offers a way of thinking about science and art that will help us to more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.

Baker & Taylor
"Is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel? In this engaging account, renowned neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto blends cutting-edge scientific research with personal stories to reveal how our brains generate our emotions. He demonstrates that while modern science has expanded our knowledge, investigating art, literature, and philosophy is equally crucial to unraveling the brain's secrets. What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat ofguilt? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than antidepressants? What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works? Structured in seven chapters encompassing common human emotions-anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy, and love-Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love offers a way of thinking about science and art that will help us to more fully understand ourselves and how we feel"--

Book News
Neuroscientist Frazzetto illuminates seven emotions: anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy, and love. He examines their neural subtexts, and the discovery that neuroscience does not explain everything. In seven chapters he defines the difference between emotions and feelings: feelings are internal, subjective, and private, while emotions are spontaneous reactions, like a blush. In seven chapters he discusses anger using Darwin and gridlock. A Caravaggio painting exemplifies guilt in chapter two. Chapter three considers anxiety through an economic meltdown. Grief is addressed in chapter four, and looks at the power of naming, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and Ludwig Wittgenstein's name "game". The chapter on empathy discusses mirror neurons and Eleanor Duse's blush. Chapter six (joy) asks the question: what side is your brain on? He concludes with love and a discussion of dopamine?i.e., life's highs and lows. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Blending together cutting-edge research with personal stories, a prominent neuroscientist offers a new way of thinking about science and art that will help us fully understand ourselves and how we feel. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Looks at the current scientific understanding of how human brains generate emotions, while acknowledging science's limitations in allowing us to understand them.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780143123095
Branch Call Number: 152.4 FRA
Characteristics: 312 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: How we feel

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