Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality

Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality : Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom

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This book analyses the cultural, neurobiological and psychological aspects of early childhood and their impact on later morality and decision making. Offering an optimistic view of how we can create a society that fosters human success and caring, it puts into developmental context many of the choices we make as adults.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 165 x 244 x 33mm | 893g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393706559
  • 9780393706550
  • 270,337

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"Narvaez has written a remarkable, creative integration of ideas from developmental science, anthropology, human ecology, developmental neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophical ethics to propose an explanation for the development of virtuous qualities in people. Drawing on contemporary science, observations of other cultures, ancient and modern philosophy, folk wisdom, and even autobiographical reflection, she seeks to explain why humans become self-focused or oriented toward collective good, with consequences that are personal, social, and ecological. Narvaez's account is at once timely, novel, and provocative. A captivating read." -- Ross Thompson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis "With exceptional interdisciplinary scholarship, Narvaez explores how fully engaged social-ethical minds emerge from an 'empathic core' through early affective experiences. This neurobiologically-informed discussion illuminates how profoundly children's early experiences shape their mental and moral landscapes for a lifetime. A profoundly wise guide-book for understanding and promoting the maturation of healthy human minds." -- Jaak Panksepp, Baily Endowed Professor of Animal Well-Being Science, Washington State University; author of Affective Neuroscience and The Archaeology of Mind "Acknowledging advances in the intricate neuroscience of emotions and human communication, Darcia Narvaez illuminates the sympathy and moral sentiments upon which all our achievements depend. She shares her wealth of knowledge of how we must balance moral being and practical becoming in the cultivation of arts and sciences and, especially in education of youth, we should welcome playful enthusiasm for the discovery of meaningful skills. This book will guide researchers, teachers, and therapists to appreciate the foundations of their work." -- Colwyn Trevarthen, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh "A masterfully written book with insights, fresh ideas, and important questions worthy of wide readership and influence. With a background taken from evolutionary biology and virtue ethics, the author integrates knowledge from a sweeping array of disciplines within biology, anthropology, and the developmental sciences to advance her compelling narrative about the human condition and what is needed today for healthy development and flourishing. Concluding appeals for more of an 'engagement ethic,' becoming in balance with nature, and appreciating values from our indigenous cultures are graced with her personal experiences and poetically-toned positive advice." -- Robert N. Emde, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Centers for American Indian Alaska Native Health, Colorado School of Public Health
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About Darcia Narvaez

Darcia Narvaez, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame specializing in ethical development and moral education, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She integrates a bicultural and interdisciplinary background into her scholarship, and writes a blog for Psychology Today called "Moral Landscapes."
Allan N. Schore, PhD, is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 56: Trauma Psychology "Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology" and APA's Division 39: Psychoanalysis "Scientific Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Research, Theory and Practice of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis."He is also an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is author of three seminal volumes, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self and Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has lead to his description as "the American Bowlby" and with psychoanalysis as "the world's leading expert in neuropsychoanalysis." His books have been translated into several languages, including Italian, French, German, and Turkish.
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