How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

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How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain is my previous book (2017) about how the brain constructs emotions. It is really a book about how the brain works, using emotion as a convenient flashlight to illuminate important details.

Brief description

Why do emotions feel automatic and uncontrollable? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain.

Today, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology — and this paradigm shift has immense implications for us all. Emotions do not live in distinct parts of the brain, and they are not universally expressed and recognized. Instead, emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought, and it sheds new light on what it means to be human.

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