Bodily Sensibility

Bodily Sensibility : Intelligent Action

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The brain is a cognitive organ, and regions of the brain that traverse brainstem and cortical sites orchestrate the expression of bodily sensibility: intelligent action. They can appear perfunctory or intimate, calculating a sum or selecting a mate. Schulkin presents neuroscientific research demonstrating that thought is not on one side and bodily sensibility on the other; from a biological point of view, they are integrated. Schulkin further argues that this integration has important implications for judgements about the emotions, art and music, moral sensibilities, attraction and revulsion, and our perpetual inclination to explain ourselves and our surroundings. He begins the book by setting forth a view of the emotions not as a bodily burden to be borne, but rather as a great source of information. He then moves on to other domains, claiming that underlying the experience of aesthetics in at least some instances is the interplay between expectation and disappointment from its infraction, and suggesting that, among other things, repulsion and attraction to the cries and joys of others constitutes moral responsiveness. This book should appeal to researchers in behavioural neuroscience, emotion, and psychophysiology, as well as cognitive and social psychologists and philosophers of mind.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous line drawings & black and white photographs
  • 0195149947
  • 9780195149944

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"A stunning book, incisive and wide-ranging. It provides a portait of how brains integrate cognition and emotion at every level, from brainstem to cortex. Weaving together brain science, physiology, psychology, and philosophy, Schulkin covers topics from basic to affective reactions to music appreciation and moral emotions. Mind and neuroscience are combined here in a provocatively original meditation filled with deep insights."--Kent Berridge, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan"Schulkin deftly blends philosophical pragmatism, psychology, and brain research into a compelling portrait of the relation between body, behavior, and mind. It covers not only emotions and drives, but also mortality and social relations. Bodily Sensibility is scholarly, but also a great read."--Joseph LeDoux, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU, and author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Selfshow more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Bodily Representations, Behaviour and the Brain ; 2. Demythologizing the Emotions ; 3. Aesthetic Judgement, Discrepancy and Inquiry ; 4. Moral Sensibility and Social Cohesion ; 5. Drives and Explanations ; Conclusion: Corporeal Representationsshow more

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