Pleasures of the Brain

Pleasures of the Brain

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Pleasure is fundamental to well-being and the quality of life, but until recently, was barely explored by science. Current research on pleasure has brought about ground-breaking developments on several fronts, and new data on pleasure and the brain have begun to converge from many disparate fields. The time is ripe to present these important findings in a single volume, and so Morten Kringelbach and Kent Berridge have brought together the leading researchers to provides a comprehensive review of our current scientific understanding of pleasure. The authors present their latest neuroscientific research into pleasure, describing studies on the brain's role in pleasure and reward in animals and humans, including brain mechanisms, neuroimaging data, and psychological analyses, as well as how their findings have been applied to clinical problems, such as depression and other disorders of hedonic well-being. To clarify the differences between their views, the researchers also provide short answers to a set of fundamental questions about pleasure and its relation to the brain. This book is intended to serve as both a starting point for readers new to the field, and as a reference for more experienced graduate students and scientists from fields such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 185.42 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 1,043.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 150 illus.
  • 0195331028
  • 9780195331028
  • 1,113,698

Review quote intriguing journey through the mechanisms of pleasure in the brain. * Christopher J. graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center), Doody's Notes *show more

About Morten L. Kringelbach

Morten L. Kringelbach, DPhil, is the Director of the Trygfonden Research Group and holds a dual appointment at the University of Oxford, UK, and Aarhus University, Denmark, where he is a Senior Research Fellow and a Professor of Neuroscience, respectively. Kent C. Berridge, PhD, is Professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Many Faces of Pleasure Morten L. Kringelbach & Kent C. Berridge ; I. Animal Pleasures ; 1. Hedonic Hotspots: Generating Sensory Pleasure in the Brain Kyle S. Smith, Stephen V. Mahler, Susana Pecina, Kent C. Berridge (Michigan, USA) ; 2. Conditioned Reinforcement and the Specialized Role of Corticolimbic Circuits in the Pursuit of Happiness and Other More Specific Rewards Kathryn A. Burke, Theresa Franz, Danielle Miller, & Geoffrey Schoenbaum (University of Maryland, USA) ; 3. Neural Coding of Pleasure: "Rose-tinted Glasses" of the Ventral Pallidum J. Wayne Aldridge & Kent C. Berridge (Michigan, USA) ; 4. Hedonics: The Cognitive-Motivational Interface Anthony Dickinson & Bernard Balleine (Cambridge, UK and UCLA, USA) ; 5. Neuroethology of Pleasure Karli K. Watson, Stephen V. Sheperd & Michael L. Platt (Duke University, USA) ; II. Human Pleasures ; 6. On the Nature and Function of Pleasure Nico Frijda (Amsterdam, Holland) ; 7. The Dialectics of Pleasure Michel Cabanac (Laval, Canada) ; 8. Neuroimaging of Olfaction Jay Gottfried (Northwestern, USA) ; 9. The Pleasure of Taste, Flavor and Food Maria Veldhuizen, Kristin Rudenga & Dana Small (Yale, USA) ; 10. Sexual Pleasure Barry R. Komisaruk, Beverly Whipple & Carlos Beyer (Rutgers, USA) ; 11. The Sweetest Taboo: Functional Neurobiology of Human Sexuality in relation to Pleasure Janniko R. Georgiadis & Rudie Kortekaas (University of Groningen, Holland) ; 12. The Hedonic Brain: A Functional Neuroanatomy of Human Pleasure Morten L. Kringelbach (Oxford, UK) ; 13. The Neurobiology of Desire: Dopamine and the Regulation of Mood and Motivational States in Humans Marco Leyton (McGill, Canada) ; 14. To Be Happy and To Know It: The Meta-awareness of Pleasure Jonathan Schooler & Iris Mauss (University of California, Santa Barbara) ; 15. The Pleasure of Music Peter Vuust & Morten Kringelbach (Aarhus University, Denmark and Oxford, UK) ; 16. Neuroaesthetics Martin Skov (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) ; III. Clinical Applications ; 17. Placebo Analgesia and the Brain Pregrag Petrovic (Karolinska, Sweden) ; 18. Deep Brain Stimulation and Pleasure Alex Green, Erlick Pereira & Tipu Aziz (Oxford, UK) ; 19. Pleasure and Pain: Masters of Mankind Siri Leknes & Irene Tracey (Oxford, UK)show more

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