The EMOTIONAL BRAIN: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life

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Here is one of the first popular books to examine our emotions from a biological rather than psychological perspective--an authoritative work by one of the principal researchers profiled in Daniel Goleman's national bestseller, Emotional Intelligence. The Emotional Brain is a provicative and far-reaching account of what our emotions are, how they operate in the brain and how they influence our lives.

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Joseph LeDoux, a professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, has written the most comprehensive examination to date of how systems in the brain work in response to emotions, particularly fear. Among his fascinating findings is the work of amygdala structure within the brain. The amygdala mediates fear and other responses and actually processes information more quickly than other parts of the brain, allowing a rapid response that can save our lives before other parts of the brain have had a chance to react. He also offers findings and theories on how the brain handles--and in many cases, buries--extremely traumatic experiences. In all, a compelling read about the mysteries of emotions and the workings of the brain.

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Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. He is a world-renowned expert on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion.

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