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Emotion and Decision-Making
Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-965989-0
do we have emotions?
do we have emotions?
do emotional states feel like something?
is the relation between emotion, reward value, and subjective feelings
is the value of a good represented in the brain?
neuroeconomics replace classical microeconomics?
does the brain implement emotion and decision-making?
gene-defined rewards and emotions in the interests of the genes?
rational multistep planning enable us to go beyond selfish genes to
the interests of the individual?
book seeks explanations of
emotion and decision-making by considering these questions.
book provides a unified
approach to emotion, reward value, economic value, and decision-making,
their brain mechanisms. The evolutionary, adaptive value of the
involved in emotion, the neural networks involved in emotion and
decision-making, and the issue of conscious emotional feelings are all
topics covered include:
The nature of emotion, and a theory of emotion
The functions of
emotion, including a Darwinian theory of the adaptive value of emotion,
which helps to illuminate many aspects of brain design and behaviour
The brain mechanisms of emotion
Affective states and motivated behaviour: hunger and sexual behaviour
The pharmacology of emotion, and brain mechanisms for action
Neuroeconomics, and the foundation of economic value
feelings, and consciousness
Neural networks involved in emotion
Explained will be valuable for those in the fields of neuroscience,
psychology, psychiatry, biology, animal behaviour, economics, and
from the advanced undergraduate level upwards, and for all interested
emotion and decision-making.
picture on the cover is ‘Adam
and Eve’ painted in c. 1528 by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which provides
interpretation of early human emotions, and emotion-related
This book provides a more recent, scientific, approach to emotions, and