The search for the fundamental brain/mind sources of affective experience

This chapter points out that humans begin to navigate the complexities of the world, and learn about the values and contingencies of the environment at birth. What emerges most during development is the higher capacity to regulate emotional states and to construct more complex behavioural strategies to cope with emotionally challenging events. This chapter reviews brain imaging studies and recent advances in understanding basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain, and implications for understanding the nature of affective feelings in humans. © Oxford University Press 2005. All rights reserved.

This chapter points out that humans begin to navigate the complexities of the world, and learn about the values and contingencies of the environment at birth. What emerges most during development is the higher capacity to regulate emotional states and to construct more complex behavioural strategies to cope with emotionally challenging events. This chapter reviews brain imaging studies and recent advances in understanding basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain, and implications for understanding the nature of affective feelings in humans. © Oxford University Press 2005. All rights reserved.

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