The Emotional Life of Your Brain

The Emotional Life of Your Brain : How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--And How You Can Change Them

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This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions- their origins, their power, and their malleability. For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them. Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional "styles," including resilience, self-awareness, and attention. Our emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the brain chemistry that underlies each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions-if that is what we want to do. Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 279 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Hudson Street Press (an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1594630895
  • 9781594630897
  • 137,876

About Williams James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry Richard J Davidson

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Sharon Begley has been the science editor and science columnist at "Newsweek" as well as science columnist at "The Wall Street Journal."show more

Review Text

"Whether he is measuring neural activity in the laboratory or climbing the Himalayas to meet the Dalai Lama, Davidson is an inveterate explorer who has spent a lifetime probing the deep mystery of human feeling. Don't miss this smart and lively book by the world's foremost expert on emotion and the brain." -Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Stumbling on Happiness§§" The Emotional Life of Your Brain is an eye-opener, replete with breakthrough research that will change the way you see yourself and everyone you know. Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley make a star team: cutting-edge findings formulated in a delightful, can't-put-it-down read. I loved this book." -Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., author of Emotional Intelligence§§"What a gift from the world's leading neuroscientist who works on what makes life worth living. This is a must-read for everyone who is interested in positive psychology." -Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of Learned Optimism - Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of Learned Optimismshow more