Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

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Was love invented by European poets in the Middle Ages or is it part of human nature? Will winning the lottery really make you happy? Is it possible to build robots that have feelings? These are just some of the intriguing questions explored in this guide to the latest thinking about the emotions. Drawing on a wide range of scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Emotion: The Science of Sentiment takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the human heart. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 12mm | 140.62g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0192804618
  • 9780192804617
  • 107,764

About Dylan Evans

Dylan Evans is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at King's College London, where he directs a research project in the evolution of the emotions. In his previous lives, he worked as a film-maker and psychotherapist. He is the author of Introducing Evolutionary Psychology (Icon, 1999) and Rethinking Emotion (MIT Press, forthcoming), and contributes regularly to the Guardian. In his spare time he is also a DJ.show more

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At last, an accessible and fascinating account of a neglected aspect of our mental lives. * Lewis Wolpert, author of "Malignant Sadness" * a witty little book * Iain Finlayson, The Times * a wealth of good sense backed by evidence * Marek Kohn, Evening Standard * An admirably clear, intelligent and witty introduction * Steven Poole, Guardian * This book is a charming primer on the up-and-coming science of emotions. * James Kingsland New Scientist * Evans roams enjoyably through the firelds of psychology, psychotherapy, robotics, drugs and old-fashioned romance, like Alian de Botton in a labcoat * The Guardian (Review) * readable and thought provoking account * Susan Aldridge, Focus * a fun little book . . .Highly accessible, this little gem deserves to sell well . . . student friendly . . . excellent introductory book * Simon Baron-Cohen, Nature * Evans provides a charming crash course on human sentiments * The Times, * Review from previous edition a pop science classic * John Walsh, Independent on Sunday *show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Preface ; 1. The universal language ; 2. Why Spock could never have evolved ; 3. Shortcuts to happiness ; 4. The head and the heart ; 5. The computer that cried ; References ; Further reading ; Indexshow more

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