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How We Feel [Hardcover]

Giovanni Frazzetto
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Book Description

1 Aug 2013

What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt?

How can reading Heidegger, or conducting experiments on rats, help us to cope with anxiety in the face of the world's economic crisis?

Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than anti-depressants?

What does the neuroscience of acting tell us about how we feel empathy, and fall for an actor on stage?

What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works?

And how can a bizarre neurological syndrome or a Shakespearean sonnet explain love and intimacy?

We live at a time when neuroscience is unlocking the secrets of our emotions. But is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel?

Giovanni Frazzetto takes us on a journey through our everyday lives and most common emotions. In each chapter, his scientific knowledge mixes with personal experience to offer a compelling account of the continual contrast between rationality and sentiment, science and poetry. And he shows us that by facing this contrast, we can more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857521241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521248
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Engaging... very refreshing. His analogies and images when explaining the science are often illuminating and sometimes inspired" (Henry Marsh The Times)

"Intriguing... eye-opening. Frazzetto explains with admirable clarity" (James McConnachie The Sunday Times)

"Takes us on a journey through anger, anxiety, grief, joy, love - and underlines just how far science can now go in its explanations before we have to call in the poets and the philosophers" (Lisa Appignanesi Observer)

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What neuroscience can - and can't - tell us about our emotions

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5.0 out of 5 stars neuroscience and emotion 9 Oct 2013
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Firstly, I am not a scientist. This is a well constructed book about the way the brain works in relation to emotions. It covers grief, loss, anger, anxiety and love etc. All human emotion is discussed. What marks this book out from most is the quality and sensitivity of the author's writing. The style is easy to read, and easy to relate to. The actual neuroscience parts I skimmed a bit. But I got the gist and I shall read this again. Probably more than once. I read it cover to cover at first, I shall go back and dip into the subjects that I am most interested in. To sum up, this is an easy read concerning what could be a difficult subject. It works as a cover to cover read and as a reference on a need to know basis. Highly recommended for the bookshelf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars but I didn't like it very much 10 Sep 2014
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Read a nice review for this, but I didn't like it very much. The author usually starts out a chapter describing a certain emotion with an example. The examples are quite nicely done, hence the second star, but do we really need explained to us what "sadness" or "anger" are? Then there is usually a bit about which part of the brain "lights up" on the screen if we have the corresponding emotions, followed by lots of qualifiers about how this isn't really all that scientific and how we can't reduce an emotion to certain neurons. I see, but it's not as he doesn't give us one of those diagrams in almost every chapter, so there most be some useful aspect to them, which I would like to have seen him elaborate on. The most interesting points the author makes is that emotions don't disturb our decision making process but enable it. If that was the point, I think he should have made it more clearly and in a more interesting way.
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